Mickey Loomis has talked to Drew Brees about extension, but not his agent
By John Hendrix
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday evening to talk about a host of team related matters, including Drew Brees’ future.
Loomis, who has been the Saints general manager since 2002 and with the organization since 2000, talked about some big elephants in the room with hosts Bill Polian and Alex Marvez. Most notably, the contract situation with quarterback Drew Brees was one area Saints fans will take interest in. While Loomis talked about his intentions to potentially extend Brees with the Saints, no contact has been made with Brees’ agent Tom Condon.
“It’s not mandatory we do something with Drew (Brees),” Loomis said on Brees’ contract. Brees is set to count for some $30 million against the team’s salary cap in 2016, which is the highest in the NFL for the new season.
“Drew Brees is going to be our quarterback next year and the foreseeable future. We’ll get that worked out in a way that helps our team and fits in with what he wants to do,” Loomis added. Brees just turned 37 in January, and proved that age is only a number with his 2015 performance.
Loomis also talked about C.J. Spiller‘s disappointing year with the Saints, alluding to injuries being his biggest downfall. Loomis added that he expects a bounce back season from Spiller, which is interesting considering there are many that feel last year’s free agent acquisition could be out of the picture for 2016.
Currently, the Saints are without three of their key tight ends from a season ago with Benjamin Watson, Michael Hoomanawanui, and Josh Hill set to hit free agency. Loomis was certainly high on Hill, talking about his talent factor and that he was stuck behind Jimmy Graham and Benjamin Watson. Second year tight end Jack Tabb was a player Loomis talked about contributing more, and added that the Saints hope to add more tight ends through free agency and the draft.
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Loomis also made the comparisons of Brandon Coleman to Marques Colston, and reiterated that Garrett Grayson was behind the ‘right guy’ while making progress. He also talked about the downfalls of last year’s defense with the penalty and red zone issues. Loomis was also supportive of defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.