Mickey Loomis didn’t expect to re-sign David Onyemata, Andrus Peat

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When Drew Brees was playing out the final year of his contract in 2019, the only real concern for the Saints was that he might retire rather than sign on to extend his time in New Orleans.

General Manager Mickey Loomis had different thoughts when it came to other members of the team. Defensive tackle David Onyemata and left guard Andrus Peat were also on track for free agency and Loomis said this week that he didn’t head into last week feeling confident that they’d be back.

Both players wound up signing new deals with the Saints, however, and that qualified as a pleasant surprise for the G.M.

“I would say going into this, I don’t know that I expected to be able to get David and Andrus re-signed,” Loomis said, via the team’s website. “So I’m really happy that that happened.”

In addition to re-signing those two players, the Saints also signed safety Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Loomis gave Brees some credit for helping with that because his two-year, $50 million deal created “an opportunity to keep our roster together, improve our roster and be as competitive as we can be.”

5 responses to “Mickey Loomis didn’t expect to re-sign David Onyemata, Andrus Peat

  1. Quite a number of team players willing to restructure contracts has been another significant factor in keeping core integrity intact. Players dedication to the team is reflected in fan love and devotion to the saints.

  2. In other words, Brees was not as greedy as he could have been. Brady was the same in TB. Both have made it possible for their respective teams to remain as competitive as possible. It’s on in the NFC South, baby.

  3. In other words, Brees was not as greedy as he could have been. Brady was the same in TB. Both have made it possible for their respective teams to remain as competitive as possible. It’s on in the NFC South, baby.

    Definitely not as greedy as Russell Wilson, and yes the NFCS should be extremely fun to watch next year. Could even turn out to be the best division football if the other two teams can get it together.

  4. Loomis ia a vary underrated, modest, but important part of the Saints success. Beginning with his hire of Sean Payton in 2006, he has consistently proven to be a very good cap manager and evaluator of talent. While, like everyone, he has had his misses (Jarius Byrd), he has identified hidden talent, made shrewd deals (getting a #1 for Jimmy Graham at his peak, the 2017 and 2018 draft classes, and found undrafted free agents like Onyemata and Deonte Harris) who have been major contributors

  5. Teams shouldn’t be able to be in business at all with there qbs That allows them to funnel money to them in other ways

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