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GM on Drew Brees contract talks: 'I don't see him being distracted by anything'

Drew Brees and New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis both insisted they aren’t sweating the timetable on their lingering talks over a contract extension.

Loomis said he is not worried at all that Brees’ contract could become a distraction if an extension is not done before the Saints get into OTAs next month.

“Man, Drew’s been through all this,” Loomis said in his pre-draft press conference. “He’s been through everything I think you can be through as a player. I don’t see him being distracted by anything.

“I’m for getting a deal whenever you can get a deal, period. And he’s the type of person and player that can compartmentalize so well. Look, I don’t want to speak for him. But I don’t have any qualms about doing a deal whenever you can get something done.”

Brees, meanwhile, made similar remarks to the Associated Press.

"Do I want to sign an extension? Yes, I do. Do the Saints feel that way? Yes. Do the fans feel that way? Yes. So we all agree on that," Brees told the AP. "That's what we're trying to do, is sign an extension that would not only keep me there but also reallocate money so that it opens cap room in various ways that would kind of fit the team and what we need. ... So I would say we're all being proactive in that way.

"There's no timeline or deadline to this. It's very open-ended. Maybe once the draft occurs and now you've got kind of all the pieces in place that you feel like, this is what we need and this is our team moving forward, then you're in a better position to predict the cap for this year, next year and so forth."

Brees also said he isn’t concerned about the homework the Saints have been doing on rookie quarterbacks in this year’s draft class.

"I trust our team to make the decisions that are in the best interest of the team, not just for this year but moving forward," Brees said. "So if they feel like there's a quarterback in the draft that's going to be the future of the franchise, then by all means draft him. But I plan on this being my job for quite a while."

Loomis, however, strongly denied the NFL Network report that the Saints talked about trading up to No. 1 for a quarterback this year.

“No, there (were) absolutely no conversations. I didn’t have any conversations with anybody at the top of the draft. That’s another miss by that reporter,” Loomis said.

Loomis also said he didn’t feel like the Saints were doing anything “dramatically different” with their QB research this year -- although they have had more visits with top QBs reported this year than most years.

Per sources, the Saints visited with Jared Goff, met multiple times with Paxton Lynch and visited with Nate Sudfeld. They also reportedly visited with Connor Cook and Cody Kessler, among others.

“I think we look into the quarterbacks every year, we have for the last few years,” Loomis said. “We’ve gotta have an eye toward the future, yet we’re happy with our quarterback situation, as well.”