New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees’ agent says Saints seem satisfied with QB’s $30M cap number

By JOEL A. ERICKSON

JErickson@TheAdvocate.com

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2016 file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees stands for the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Saints, in Atlanta. Brees asserts that the hefty final year of his current contract hasnít hampered New Orleansí ability to attract top free agents this offseason because he is committed to negotiating an extension that would improve the Saintsí financial flexibility. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2016 file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees stands for the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Saints, in Atlanta. Brees asserts that the hefty final year of his current contract hasnít hampered New Orleansí ability to attract top free agents this offseason because he is committed to negotiating an extension that would improve the Saintsí financial flexibility. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) AP

The New Orleans Saints are satisfied with carrying Drew Brees’ $30 million salary cap charge in the last year of his deal in 2016, according to his agent, Tom Condon.

Brees is headed into the final year of the five-year, $100 million deal he signed in 2012.

Due to the Saints’ lack of cap space and the fact that Brees could make it to free agency next season, there has been widespread speculation that the quarterback would sign an extension this offseason, but Condon indicated no deal is imminent in an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show Wednesday.

“At one point, New Orleans wanted to talk about a cap re-do, and Drew was more than happy to do that,” Condon said. “There were some intervening situations that occurred, so they didn’t need the cap room, and they seem to be satisfied with carrying that number right now.”

Condon was likely referring to the Saints’ pursuit of former Carolina cornerback Josh Norman, who became available unexpectedly right before the draft. Brees offered to re-do his contract to bring Norman into the fold, but the Saints’ target chose Washington, eliminating the need for an immediate extension.

Read more about Brees' contract talks at theneworleansadvocate.com

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