Loomis says Saints want to get a deal done with Brees
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the team wants to get quarterback Drew Brees under contract longterm, indicating an extension for the Super Bowl XLIV MVP is in the works this offseason.
Of course, finding a way to get that deal done my require some patience as most clubs are expected to wait until after a new collective bargaining agreement is reached to do business.
Loomis, visiting with Alex Marvez and Jim Miller on Sirius NFL Radio said the Saints want to push to get something done with Brees, who will enter the final year of his contract in 2011. He’s due to earn $7.4 million next season and has expressed a desire for an extension.
“It's pretty clear that we're going to want to have Drew under contract for the long term," Loomis said. "I know that will happen at some point. He knows that will happen at some point."
Loomis wouldn’t be as specific when the subject turned to the running backs. Reggie Bush has a base salary of $11.8 million for 2011, money he isn’t going to see. He’s said he will consider a restructuring but at what number?
“We've talked a lot about the position (internally) because we had a lot of injuries," said Loomis, whose team lost quality rushers like Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and Ladell Betts during the course of the season. "It's pretty difficult to prognosticate injuries. I've got to be a little careful about just because a guy was hurt one year assuming he's going to get hurt the next. We're going through that evaluation process right now."
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