METAIRIE, La. – Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis reaffirmed his commitment to signing Drew Brees to a new contract.
Loomis was at an event honoring the team’s new inductees into the Saints Hall of Fame – owner Tom Benson and former running back Deuce McAllister.
Loomis said he held no ill will towards Brees despite the quarterback’s recent interview in which he expressed “frustration” with the pace – or lack thereof – of negotiations.
“I feel with him. He wants to be here right now. I want him to be here right now. We’ll work hard to get that accomplished" he said. "Drew loves the Saints and we love Drew.”
Loomis said Brees’ deal is the most important contract he has ever handled and that it will get done. Owner Tom Benson, who was inducted into the Hall for his stewardship of the franchise, also said a deal would get done with the team’s franchise quarterback.
"This is important. It’s not just important to Drew, but it’s important to our team. The magnitude of this contract is going to impact our team for a long, long period of time. So, we’ve got to get it right," he said.
Loomis also talked about the impact former Saint Steve Gleason had on the organization.
"He had been through Hurricane Katrina. He represented us so well. He was always selfless in a sport that sometimes is selfish and sometimes in a position that is selfish...Epitomizes not just what you want a foot ball player to be but that’s what I want my son to be," Loomis said.