With free agency on the horizon, all eyes in New Orleans have been on the contract of Drew Brees, who is entering the final year of his deal with a $30 million cap charge.
An extension for the 37-year-old quarterback could lower that cap number considerably and open up more room for the Saints to spend when free agency begins on Wednesday.
Brees’ agent, Tom Condon, appeared on the Rich Eisen Show Tuesday and offered no hints on an impending agreement to extend the deal.
“The club had the right to renegotiate for cap purposes during the life of the contract and have done that, which pushed the cap number up to $30 million this year,” Condon told Eisen, referencing a move made last season to give the Saints more room under the cap. “I’m guessing that we’ll probably have some conversations with the Saints here coming up in the next couple of weeks or so.”
Back at the NFL scouting combine, Saints coach Sean Payton said that general manager Mickey Loomis and Condon had already talked.
Payton expected an extension to get done with Brees “easily.”
Condon left the door open for New Orleans to move forward with the contract as is, but he also referenced a time when he negotiatedPeyton Manning‘s salary cap number from $18 million down to $6 million to help the Colts.
“Well, I think the salary cap has increased pretty dramatically here over that 6-year period of time, and the last three years, we’ve seen probably an average of $10 million a year per team increase,” Condon said. “I think that if the Saints wanted to, they could leave it like it is and live with that $30 million number, but it would clearly give them some more options if we could do an extension on Drew and drop that cap number.”
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