New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees says he's confident he'll get a long-term deal done with the Saints.
Brees acknowledged Tuesday that the offseason of distractions has slowed down negotiations. On the subject of those off-field issues, he says the NFL has produced no proof the Saints' defense engaged in a bounty system.
With training camp nearing, Brees says progress has been made on his contract in recent weeks ''but there's still a ways to go.''
He says ''I'm hopeful that it will happen sooner than later.''
Brees was in New York on Tuesday to discuss a program that provides free concussion testing for more than 3,300 middle and high schools and youth sports organizations.