Mickey Loomis: Saints 'obviously' want Drew Brees back

Amos Morale III
January 22, 2020 - 4:09 pm
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MOBILE, Ala. — Mickey Loomis can recall a time when there was this much uncertainty around the quarterback position for the Saints.

“But it’s been a while,” New Orleans’ general manager said.

All three Saints quarterbacks contributed to the New Orleans’ 13-3 record with starter Drew Brees posting another Pro Bowl season, backup Teddy Bridgewater going 5-0 as a starter in relief of Brees and third stringer Taysom Hill scoring seven touchdowns as a receiver and ball carrier.

But all three could potentially not be on the Saints roster next season as the team awaits a decision on whether or not Brees intends to return for the 2020 season and both Bridgewater and Hill being free agents, the latter being a restricted free agent.

Retaining all three presents a challenge for the Saints’ front office as Bridgewater’s play this season will likely draw interest from other teams and Hill is somewhat of an unknown heading into free agency, as he’s played so many positions for the Saints. 

“In terms of valuing and contracts and that, it remains to be seen,” Loomis said of the challenge of retaining Hill. “But he’s unique and when something’s unique you have to approach it a little differently.”

One thing is certain, the Saints would be glad to have Brees back next season if the quarterback decides to return.

“I don’t think it’s any different than it’s been for the last few years,” Loomis said. “It’s easy to take him for granted yet, I don’t take him for granted. I don’t view it any different than I did year ago or the year before that, regardless of whether he has a contract or not.

“He’s a great player. He’s been a great player. He continues to be a great player.” 

As far as what the Saints’ other position groups look like next season. Loomis said he and head coach Sean Payton have begun discussing the team’s must haves, needs and wants and will start looking at what’s available in free agency and the draft to fill those in the coming weeks. 

He credited the Saints personnel department for helping construct a roster that was deep at multiple positions. He highlighted undrafted free agent Shy Tuttle as an example of a player that was a find.

“We loved our defensive line room, forget Shy Tuttle, and then here’s a guy that signs as a college free agent, comes in and ends up being a significant contributor,” Loomis said.

The Saints’ season ended after their NFC Wild Card Round loss to the Minnesota Vikings and Loomis said that while he was disappointed this team didn’t go further in the playoffs, that he felt this team was still successful.  

“I’m not going to look back and say ‘Hey, because we lost to a really good team in the playoffs, that we were unsuccessful,’” He said. “I think we were successful. I’m excited about our team. I’m excited about our players and our coaches and our organization. 

“We should take pride in where we are at and yet it doesn’t mean anything relative to next season other than ‘Man, we’ve got to meet or exceed those expectations’ because we are going to have high expectations.”

 

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