YardBarker- Speaking with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Loomis confirmed his intentions to work out a long-term deal with Brees that will keep him in New Orleans for a while longer:
“Drew Brees is going to be our quarterback this year and for the foreseeable future,” Loomis said (h/t Nick Underhill of theadvocate.com). “We’ll get that worked out in a way that helps our team and fits in with what he wants to do.”
An extension is really the only way to fix the cap issue, and Brees is on record saying he’s “absolutely” willing to do an extension this offseason. However, according to Loomis the cap isn’t the issue. Instead, he made it clear Tuesday that doing an extension has everything to do with Brees being the team’s quarterback, rather than it being about the cap.
“Look, that’s not as much for cap as it is for, ‘We want Drew to be our quarterback this year, next year, and the foreseeable future,’” Loomis said.
Usually this is the part where I would brag about how smart I am. Usually I would take this time to pat myself on the back for once again being right. Well it's your lucky day, because I have no intention of boasting about my intelligence. At least not in reference to Mickey Loomis' confirmation that Drew Brees will remain in New Orleans for as long as he is capable of playing quarterback at a high level. This was never about me being some kind of soothsayer, it was about other outlets of sports media being too stupid to see the writing on the wall.
It's almost like people thought that the GM of an NFL franchise was just sitting up in his Ivory Tower playing around with contracts without pondering the long term ramifications they could have in the future. Like Mickey Loomis was in his office and decided to reconfigure Drew Brees deal so that it would take up $30 million of the cap without having the foresight to sign him to an extension in the offseason. You can say a lot of things about Mickey Loomis. His recent track record with high priced free agents may border on the abominable, but that doesn't mean he's stupid. It doesn't mean he's not extremely calculated. He knew Drew Brees was going to need to sign an extension. He 's always had the intention of offering said extension. Drew Brees always had the intention of signing said extension. This wasn't a Sean Payton situation. Drew Brees was never going to play anywhere else. He was never getting traded, he was never getting released, and just as importantly, he was never going to take up a fifth of the Saints salary cap. Obviously things aren't set in stone until pen hits paper, but the Saints commitment to their franchise quarterback was never in question. Especially when the talks of his demise were so greatly exaggerated. Age catches up with every athlete, but if Drew Brees stats from last year -when he had a mediocre, at best, supporting cast- are any indication then he's still got a lot of gas in the tank. At the very least it should take a few seasons for Father Time to be able to catch up. I am just glad that those seasons will be spent in a Saints uniform, even though -to anyone with the ability to think critically- that was never in doubt.