There have been reports that the Saints and Brees have had talks about a contract extension. Payton confirmed that.
“The two didn’t really cross over at all,’’ Payton said after Monday’s practice. “They’re really two separate entities. I know that there have been discussions. I’m not really in that loop per se in regards to a player’s contract like (general manager) Mickey (Loomis) would be and yet we have full confidence that it’s coming. This really wasn’t tied to that. It could have very easily happened in a different order. Like I said, I think the contract that we did with the club is a little bit simpler and less complicated than that would be of a player such as Drew Brees.”
Make no mistake, though, Payton fully expects Brees to be sticking around for the long term. Payton and Brees have as good a relationship as any coach and quarterback in the league.
“There’s an order of business,’’ Payton said. “Mickey’s done a great job with that. It’s been a busy month and a half when you look at not only the team and free agency, and then the final cut-down the last 48 hours. This is something that had been ongoing for a while and it worked out rely well. I know with the way Mickey operates, he’ll have a very diligent list and focus his efforts on a contract such as Drew Brees’ and that’s just kind of the way he’s been able to operate and it’s been extremely beneficial to our success.”