When the final gun sounds on Monday night’s game between the Eagles and the Saints, the eight-game suspension of New Orleans G.M. Mickey Loomis will end.
And he’ll have a very good reason to get back to work, quickly.
In the wake of Adam Schefter’s report that coach Sean Payton’s contract extension was rejected and that Payton will become a free agent after the season, Loomis needs to resolve the situation ASAFP.
Regardless of how it all works out, it likely will. As we reported last night, the Saints are adamant that Payton will be the team’s coach in 2013. Whether it happens by Payton’s current contract being tolled by a year due to his suspension or by the language the league rejected being removed (with Payton likely getting a raise in return in return for it) or by a new deal being done, the Saints fully intend to bring Payton back.
Indeed, given that Payton negotiated language allowing him to leave if G.M. Mickey Loomis no longer is employed by the team, why would Payton want to leave if Loomis is still with the Saints?