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Mickey Loomis confident Saints can get deal done with Sean Payton

GM returned from suspension with major issue awaiting him Brad Biggs

Print This November 07, 2012, 09:57 AM EST

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis returned to work on Tuesday following an eight-week suspension for his role in the club’s bounty scandal with a bomb on his desk.

Loomis needs to find a way to re-sign head coach Sean Payton, who otherwise will be a free agent following the Super Bowl. Payton’s contract with the club has been voided by the NFL and he’ll be a free agent if a new deal cannot be brokered.

It’s a real issue for the Saints, who likely didn’t leak the information on this story.

I absolutely expect Sean to be our coach next year and going forward. These contract issues will be resolved," Loomis said, according to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Loomis declined to discuss the matter further. There could be serious bidding for Payton’s services if he reached the open market. The Saints defense is a tattered mess right now. Loomis is confident a deal can be done but until it is, there will be speculation.

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