In the midst of some crazy times in the Crescent City, SiriusXM NFL Radio had a chance to catch up with New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis Tuesday evening.
Of course, he was asked about several moves the Black and Gold made in the past few days, including the blockbuster trade that sent All-Pro TE Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Pro Bowl center Max Unger and a first-round selection.
Mickey Loomis said the Saints have to improve on defense and will use the resources acquired in the Graham trade to do just that. He also mentioned that he liked the current tight ends on the roster, but the team will be looking at other available options.
I still wouldn’t be surprised if the versatile Josh Hill assumes the starting role — he did an excellent job when Graham wasn’t 100 percent. The 6-foot-5 Hill collected five touchdowns on just 14 receptions in 2014.
The idea of QB Drew Brees taking a pay cut was also brought up. Brees is set to make over $26 million in 2015 — a cut could help his team out tremendously in the free agent market hat opened up Tuesday afternoon.
Rumor has it that the All-Pro gunslinger refused to restructure his current contract. However, Mickey Loomis said that Brees wasn’t even asked to do so.
As far as the free agent market is concerned, it was reported that CB Brandon Browner is on the Saints’ radar and Louisiana native CB Tramon Williams will be visiting with the organization Tuesday night. Both defensive backs are capable of drastically improving the Saints’ struggling secondary. Grab your popcorn — the NFL free agent frenzy has only just begun.
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