Brees contract talks and more links

Some significant news out of New Orleans and some other items of interest from around the NFC South.

Mike Triplett reports that Drew Brees’ agent, Tom Condon, is in New Orleans to meet face to face with general manager Mickey Loomis about a contract extension for the quarterback. It previously has been reported the two sides aren’t close. But when you put a general manager and an agent in the same room, things can change quickly. Besides, this one doesn’t need to linger on for long. Everyone knows Brees’ value to the Saints and the team can’t afford to let him get to free agency.

In this Insider post, Football Outsiders takes an in-depth look at the Falcons and an offense that struggled in the season opener at Chicago and in last season’s playoff loss to Green Bay.

Charlie Campbell, who has spent a lot of time observing Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman on and off the field, writes that Freeman looked out of rhythm in the season opener and seemed frazzled when speaking to the media after the game.

Tampa Bay rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster said he expects to get better every week.

Carolina linebacker Jon Beason said that he didn’t return to the playing field too quickly. Beason had problems with his foot and ankle in the preseason before suffering a torn Achilles tendon in the season opener. Beason said he'd make the same decision to play if he had the chance to do it again.