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 seasons, including a Super Bowl championship fol...