Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees calls a play at the line during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Minneapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Saints have begun negotiating with Drew Brees and his representatives in Indianapolis at the annual scouting combine.

After the first meeting with the quarterback's representative, Tom Condon, the expectation remains that the two sides will reach an agreement before free agency opens on March 14.

"I think the important thing is Drew wants to be a New Olreans Saint," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said. "We want him to a New Olreans Saint. So he's going to be a New Orleans Saint. That's what what my expectation is, so we'll see about the timing of that."

Loomis did not want to go into details about how the meeting went, pointing out that the organization likes to keep negotiations close to the vest. He also noted that if he commented on it, then the other party would feel the need to do the same and he didn't want to put them in that position.

All parties involved have remained steadfast that something will get done before free agency opens. Brees' previous contract has $18 million remaining that still has to count against the salary. If he is not signed by March 14, that money would go on the 2018 salary cap. With an extension, New Orleans would be able to push that money down the line.

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