New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talk strategy against the Carolina Panthers in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

INDIANAPOLIS — The New Orleans Saints, led by general manager Mickey Loomis, will meet with Drew Brees' agent, Tom Condon, this week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis to talk about a contract that will keep the legendary quarterback in New Orleans. 

Whether or not those talks come to fruition this week or not, Saints head coach Sean Payton is expecting a quick resolution.

Payton, like both Loomis and Brees, is confident that the franchise's best player will be back in a Saints uniform this season. 

"I haven't talked to Mickey today, but I'm sure he and Tom will get together," Payton said. "I don't see that being a long, drawn-out process. We've been here before. ... I think that's going to get done fairly smooth."

The two sides have not come to an agreement yet. 

But Payton also said that although the Saints' board calls quarterback a "must" right now because both Brees and backup Chase Daniel are free agents, it's not a must that he's worrying about as the Saints' offseason kicks into high gear. 

"I'm fairly confident," Payton said. "I know Mickey and Drew have spoken, and it's not something I've been focused on."

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