New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he won’t negotiate his contract during the season, according to the Associated Press.
“I don’t like to talk about contracts during the season,” Brees said. “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.’ 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.”
The five-year, $100 million contract Brees signed in 2012 is set to expire after the coming season, and his $30 million hit to the Saints’ salary cap is the highest in the NFL. However, working out a contract extension with the team could ease that hit.
In December, Brees expressed confidence that he would return to the team he has played with for the past 10 years, despite the Saints’ disappointing 7–9 finish last season.