Found March 03, 2012 on
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New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis took issue with a Yahoo! Sports report that he believed quarterback Drew Brees was "very good" - but not great.
Loomis told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that Brees is very much respected and that the team is working to sign him to a long-term contract prior to Monday's deadline.
"I have always thought of Drew as a great player," Loomis told the newspaper. "Even when his shoulder was damaged (in 2006) I thought he was a great player. That’s why we wanted him, and it’s ridiculous for anyone to think otherwise."
Citing three league sources, Yahoo! Sports reported that Loomis referred to Brees as a "very good" quarterback instead of a great one when his colleagues quizzed him on the protracted contract talks.
Brees signed a six-year, $60 million contract with the Saints in 2006 and has turned a once-moribund franchise around.
New Orleans has reached the playoffs in four of Brees' six ...
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The Saints have reportedly placed the franchise tag on Drew Brees. The hope is still to work out a long-term extension, but New Orleans is dealing with one extremely big distraction.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are reportedly $5 million apart per year on a long-term contract extension.
Yahoo! Sports reported that the Saints are making moves to help close the gap with Brees in advance of Monday's deadline for teams to place franchise tags on players.
However, one of the reasons the team has been unable to reach a deal with Brees, according to the...
Any complications the Saints have in agreeing to a contract extension with Drew Brees should be minor. When you step back and analyze the situation, you have to wonder what the holdup is. Brees is not exactly young (33), but he’s at the peak of his game. He’s coming off a 46-touchdown season, which was his fourth straight year over 30 touchdown passes. He also brought a Super...
I always thought Brees' contract situation resolving itself quickly and amicably was a more than reasonable thing to hope for, but apparently that wasn't meant to be. I still remain steadfast in my faith that things will get done before the Saints are forced to franchise tag him in 48 hours, and I refuse to buy into the media hype that things are critical for one second until...
There is more to talk about than bounties with the New Orleans Saints.
As first reported by FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer, the Saints used their franchise tag Saturday afternoon on quarterback Drew Brees.
The move means that one of the league's top passers will remain in New Orleans for at least the 2012 NFL season. Profootballtalk.com reported that Brees was given the...
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees remain about $5 million apart from finalizing a new multi-year deal.
If the Saints aren’t able to get a deal done with Brees before March 5th, they’ll have to use their franchise tag on Brees, in order to keep him from hitting the open market.
If the Saints franchise Brees, they won’t...
The New Orleans Saints have placed an exclusive rights franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
Under the tag, Brees cannot talk to any other NFL teams, and guarantees him close to $1M more than the standard franchise designation. The Saints still have until July 16 to reach a long-term deal with the elite gunslinger, but negotiations...
If there's one thing Lions fans can agree on, it's that GM Martin Mayhew has been worlds better in the front office than Matt Millen ever was. As bad as those 8 seasons were (seriously, how the **** did he last that long?), I would be hard-pressed to believe that even he would dare to claim that Drew Brees is merely "very good."
However, this is exactly what New...
We have now passed “Franchise Friday” and are just over a week away from the NFL’s free agency period.
With many big names that could hit the market, teams rushed to try and lock up their star players to long-term deals. There are very few to have done that so far, but there have been a number of teams use the franchise tag.
The franchise tag is something a team may apply...
According to a report by ESPN's John Clayton, the Saints have placed the exclusive franchise tag on star quarterback Drew Brees in order to ensure he remains with the team, as the two sides have been unable to reach a long-term deal up to this point.
Essentially, according to Clayton, Brees and the Saints are over $5 million apart in the contract negotiations. Brees...
(Eds: Adds details, quotes.) By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer Being cut by the New Orleans Saints hit Jonathan Hamm like a punch to the gut.
Now, he's the one delivering those body blows inside the boxing ring.
Who knew the pass rusher would be even more adept at socking opponents than sacking quarterbacks?
Well, Drew Brees for one - at least in a roundabout way.
As a devastated...
This year, the free agent crop in the NFL is massive. Just about every position is loaded with talent. Most of this talent will be finding new homes for the upcoming season. I'm going to show you who the best free agents at each position are, and tell you why they are the best free agent at their position.
(Peyton Manning is not a free agent yet so he doesn't qualify...
According to league sources Roger Goodell is considering "unprecedented" penalties for Gregg Williams, Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton:
The NFL is considering severe, sweeping disciplinary measures in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty case that could include lengthy suspensions of Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams...