The Saints met with Drew Brees' agent Thursday night at the Combine to begin negotiations for a new contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Tom Condon is Brees' agent.
Saints GM Mickey Loomis, Head Coach Sean Payton, and Brees have gone on the record to say they expect a new deal to get done by the deadline.
"Both Tom (Condon) and Mickey, there's some patience and understanding," said Payton on Thursday. "It might be tomorrow night's dinner at St. Elmo's. I don't think about it much because I know it is going to get done, and I think Drew feels the same way, and I think it will be done sooner than later. Then it'll be one less item for everybody to talk about. But nonetheless, I don't think there's anything that has slowed it down. There's not one reason why it hasn't gotten done other than probably Mickey and Tom have done other things and I'm sure will meet here."
Brees is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on March 14.