Brees ‘would love a long-term deal to get done,’ but Saints QB won't talk contract during season _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)

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A timetable for a potential Drew Brees contract extension remains elusive.

Brees, who will count $30 million against the salary cap this year, is entering the final year of his deal, and an extension could free the Saints from a salary-cap situation that has left them with roughly $1.3 million in cap space, the lowest figure in the league.

Brees appeared on Matt Moscona’s After Further Review on ESPN 100.3 to promote the opening of the new Walk-On’s in Denham Springs, and the quarterback reiterated his desire to finish his career in New Orleans.

“I’ve got an obviously very strong relationship with the Saints, and so talks are ongoing, and I don’t know if that’s something that will be done next week or before the end of the year or next year or when, but obviously, I want to be a Saint for the rest of my career,” Brees said. “I think I’ve got a lot of good years left, but I will allow them to take care of that, and I will only report (on details of his contract) when it’s done.”

But Brees did leave the possibility open, as his agent, Tom Condon, did a few weeks ago, that the quarterback might not sign an extension before the start of next season.

Brees allows Condon to handle the bulk of the contract negotiations.

“Of course I’m involved, but I hired my agent for a reason,” Brees said. “That’s his job, and so I allow him to do his job. He’s the one talking with the Saints. Despite what might be portrayed as far as the business aspect of it, for all players and all teams, it’s always a back and forth.”