The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees' agent met Thursday night during the annual NFL Scouting Combine.

While General Manager Mickey Loomis on Friday declined to discuss the particulars of the meeting, he left little doubt on the outcome he expects.

"I think the important thing is Drew wants to be a New Orleans Saint," Loomis said. "We want him to be a New Orleans Saint, so he's going to be a New Orleans Saint. That's what my expectation is and we'll see about the timing of that."

Brees is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the league's new calendar year begins March 14, but both sides have remained steadfast on getting a deal done to keep Brees in a Saints uniform.

The meeting between the Saints and Brees' agent, Tom Condon, is the first major step toward hammering out a contract upon which both parties can agree.