Concerns about Saints QB Drew Brees being distracted by contract talks? Coach Sean Payton not buying it _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton, left, and General Manager Mickey Loomis chat during the team's OTA session in Metairie, La. Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Drew Breesis famously unflappable, able to compartmentalize everything swirling around him and center in on the task at hand.

For that reason, after a decade together, Saints head coach Sean Payton knows the unresolved nature of Brees’ contract won’t affect the quarterback’s preparation for the season.

“I think he does that extremely well,” Payton said. “He’s someone that’s extremely focused. Been sharp here these three days.”

Brees and the Saints have not discussed a potential contract extension in the past couple of months, aside from a brief discussion when Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman was available.

For the moment, Brees is headed into the final year of his deal with a $30 million salary cap hit, but both the quarterback and the club have expressed interest in locking down the best player of franchise history through the end of his career.

If no extension is reached by the start of the season, Brees will wait until the end of the 2016 campaign to resume talks, in order to focus on the task at hand.

“I would say it’s been a strength of his, just in regards to playing,” Payton said. “The ability to focus, whatever situation we’re in.”