Saints GM ‘not anticipating any big issues’ in Drew Brees contract negotiations
Drew Brees has gone on record to say he hopes to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints. The team, not surprisingly, appears to want him back as well, as general manager Mickey Loomis indicated on Wednesday he does not foresee any complications in signing the veteran quarterback to a new contract.
“We want him to be our quarterback, and we’ll get going on that at some point,” Loomis said from Senior Bowl practices, via The Times-Picayune.
Brees is set to hit free agency on March 15 and the presumption is both he and the Saints hope to get something done on the contract front before that occurs. The Saints are the only team that can presently negotiate with Brees, but that changes on March 12.
Loomis was reluctant to provide any details, although he did indicate there haven’t been any negotiations since the Saints were eliminated by the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC divisional round. Loomis nevertheless expressed confidence things will get worked out in due time.
“We’ll get to it,” Loomis said. “I’m not anticipating any big issues, so we’ll see.”
In the days after the Saints’ stunning loss to the Vikings, Brees said he hoped to remain with the Saints “as long as they’ll have me.” Brees in 2017 remained without question one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, but Loomis was quick to point out that Brees’ impact goes far beyond the gridiron.
“Nothing he does should surprise any of us, right?” Loomis said. “Look, we love him. The impact he’s had on our team, our organization, our city is hard to measure. Nothing surprises me that he does. I’m excited about it.”
“Look, it’s beyond the numbers,” Loomis continued. “It’s the leadership. He’s the face of our organization. He’s embraced being identified with New Orleans and all those things that are good for our community and him as well.”
There obviously will be no shortage of suitors for Brees should things not work out with the Saints. That said, there is little reason to be believe Brees won’t be back with New Orleans next season.