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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Updated: September 9, 9:31 AM ET
Source: Drew Brees, Saints far apart

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The New Orleans Saints will not have a new contract done for Drew Brees before the start of the season and the two sides remain far apart on a new deal, a source familiar with the talks told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Thursday.

Brees, who is in the final year of the six-year, $60 million contract he signed with the Saints as a free agent in 2006, had said his agent Tom Condon and Saints officials have been in talks about an extension.

Brees led the Saints to the 2009 Super Bowl championship. He threw for 4,620 yards and 33 touchdowns last season as the Saints returned to the playoffs as a wild card, losing at Seattle in the first round.

Brees joined the Saints in 2006, leading the team to the NFC Championship Game the year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and raised doubts about whether the team would remain in Louisiana.

The Saints have made the playoffs three times in Brees' five seasons in New Orleans.

ESPN.com NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas contributed to this report.