Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 10/24/14

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 13: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC divisional playoff game at the Superdome on January 13, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana.The Saints won the game 27-24. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Getty Images New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees made an appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning (via ProFootballTalk.com) and said that he continues to have “ongoing discussions” with the Saints.  He remains optimistic that they’ll agree on a new deal soon. “I’ve always said, you’d think this process should be a lot more simple than it is,” Brees said. “It just always seems to be complicated. But I’m still very confident we’ll get a long-term deal done, and hopefully that’ll happen sooner than later. I’m very aware of where the Saints are at and certainly where I’m at. All of the discussions that take place are between my agent Tom Condon and Mickey Loomis, the general manager for the Saints. But obviously I know exactly what’s going on.” The Saints and Bree’s reps don’t have a lot of time to get a new deal done.  They have until July 16th to get a new contract worked out,  which is only 20 days away.  Once the July 16th deadline passes he’ll be forced to play under the franchise tag for the 2012 season.
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