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Drew Brees: Contract talks with Saints “ongoing”

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ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 03: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after beating the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on January 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ contract has been a talking point all offseason and discussion flared up again over the weekend with Ed Werder of ESPN’s report that Brees offered to address his deal in order to create cap space to sign cornerback Josh Norman.

That didn’t happen and Norman signed with the Redskins instead, leaving Brees with a $30 million cap hit for the final year of his current deal. During an appearance on NFL Network Tuesday, Brees didn’t talk about any Norman-related offers while saying that he expects talks with the Saints about a new contract may take all offseason.

“No, I mean listen, conversations are ongoing and as this usually goes with contract talks, it kind of goes throughout the offseason,” Brees said. “As soon as there’s something to report I’ll let you know.”

The Saints have spent some time looking at quarterbacks during the pre-draft process and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports they had some talks about making a bid for the No. 1 pick to select one. They could still try to make a play for Paxton Lynch or another quarterback later in the first round, a prospect that could have some impact how the talks with Brees unfold since the Saints would obviously be planning for life without their longtime starter in the lineup if they went that route.

Putting such thoughts out there for Brees to consider as part of the negotiation dance may be just the point, although neither he nor the rest of the football world will have to wait long to see if there’s anything brewing on that front.