Max Unger

Saints' Drew Brees: Pace of contract talks not hurting team

Drew Brees asserts that his contract talks with the Saints haven't hampered the club's ability to acquire top free agents this offseason because he is committed to negotiating an extension that would improve the Saints' financial flexibility.

The quarterback said in an interview with the Associated Press that he was "on board" with New Orleans' recent bid to sign former Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, who decided to play instead for Washington, signing a five-year deal with the Redskins worth up to $75 million. Brees dismissed the notion that uncertainty surrounding his own contract undermined New Orleans' ability to compete for Norman's services.