Saints quarterback Drew Brees, entering the final year of his contract, says he and the team haven't talked about an extension in six to eight weeks, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.
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Still, Brees, 37, said even though talks have stalled, he never considered skipping this week's organized team activities.
"I hope those discussions will take place again," Brees said at a charity softball game in New Orleans. "If they don't, they don't, and I'll play the season with the same approach whether I had a long-term deal or not."
And while Brees said he'll remain interested in resuming discussions, the clock is ticking. He said he's not interested in negotiating during the regular season.
"I don't like to talk about contracts during the season. If you remember in 2011, where it began to drag into the season, three weeks in I was like, 'I don't want to deal with it anymore. I want to focus on football, focus on the season,'" Brees said (via The Associated Press). "That has always been my approach. That'll be my approach again. There's a deal to be done now, and if it doesn't get done now, it'll be a different deal to get done at the end of the year."
Brees' final year of a five-year, $100 million contract will count $30 million against the Saints' salary cap if it isn't renegotiated.
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He is coming off an injury-hampered 2015 season in which he missed one game yet still completed 428 of 627 passes (68.3 percent) for 4,870 yards and 32 touchdowns with 11 interceptions as the Saints went 7-9.
The 32 passing TDs were his fewest since 2007 and the yardage was his lowest total since 2010, but his passer rating (101.0) hit triple digits for only the fifth time in his 15-year career.