Saints preseason schedule includes home games against Steelers, Ravens _lowres

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9)shakes hands with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ORG XMIT: GAMS1

The financials were one of the more curious aspects of the Saints’ pursuit of Josh Norman.

It appeared impossible for New Orleans to sign the cornerback with only a little more than $3 million cap space. If Norman had agreed to sign with the Saints instead of Washington, the cash was going to have to come from somewhere.

It turns out that somewhere was Drew Brees.

According to ESPN, the quarterback was willing to “modify” his contract to help New Orleans sign Norman. And there are only two ways to modify a contract that come to mind: a reduction in pay or an extension.

Brees is entering the final year of his contract and has been negotiating with New Orleans on an extension.

Alas, despite a push from the Saints, Norman signed a five-year, $75 million extension with Washington.

Those talks will continue between Brees and the Saints. Whether or not Friday’s developments will make it easier for the two sides to agree to terms remains to be seen.