Source: Big chunks of Drew Brees, Jairus Byrd's contracts become guaranteed after Wednesday deadline passes _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls a play during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.


Tom Condon said he was unable to provide an update when asked about Drew Brees’ contract situation during an appearance on Sirius XM radio on Monday night.

“I can’t really,” Condon said. “I think everyone knows Drew’s got the cap number that’s very substantial this year and it’s the last year of his contract.”

Brees carries a $30 million cap charge this season, the final year of his contract.

Both the Saints and Brees have expressed a desire to extend their relationship, but a new deal is still not in place. ESPN reported over the weekend that the quarterback would have been willing to “modify” his deal so New Orleans could sign cornerback Josh Norman.

The former Carolina Panther ultimately rebuffed the Saints and agreed to a contract with the Washington Redskins.

During his interview, Condon pointed out that Brees’ inflated cap figure is the result of New Orleans pushing money down the line.

“We gave the Saints the ability to manipulate the cap whatever way they wanted to and that was in his previous contract,” Condon said. “A couple of different times they’ve renegotiated for cap purposes and it’s pushed that number up in the last year quite a bit. But everybody does their business differently.

“Drew will play this year like he’s under contract to and he’s excited this season. He thinks they have a really good young team.”