Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis on Tom Brady: Once Drew Brees decided to play, that’s the route we were going

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The first Sunday of the 2020 regular season featured the first of what would be three battles between Tom Brady and Drew Brees as quarterbacks in the same division. That day also included multiple Sunday Splash! reports suggesting that the Saints wanted to sign Brady — even after Brees decided to play again in 2020.

Appearing on Adam Schein’s podcast, Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis addressed the question of whether his team pursued Brady in 2020.

“All I can say is this,” Loomis told Schein. “As soon as Drew made the decision that he was gonna play again last year, then that’s the route we were going. That’s probably all I’m gonna say to that.”

So why was there a sense that Brady was considering the Saints, even after Brees had said he’d return to New Orleans? The explanation could be as simple as this. Don Yee represents both Brady and Saints coach Sean Payton. Once it became clear that Brady was bound for the Buccaneers, propping up the Saints as a potential destination would help leverage Tampa Bay to pay more money and/or make more concessions — such as free and full access to the team and its facilities for TB12 guru Alex Guerrero, pandemic notwithstanding.

If Brady was going to Tampa Bay anyway, why shouldn’t Payton have helped Brady make it as expensive as it could be for the Bucs to get him?

Ultimately, the Saints and Brees beat Brady and the Bucs twice during the season, including a Sunday night blowout in Tampa. In the single-elimination setting, however, Brady and company got it done.

17 responses to “Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis on Tom Brady: Once Drew Brees decided to play, that’s the route we were going

  1. Do we have to do the whole, ooooo Brady was talking about the Saints now? We are like slot cars going around counting laps on that story, Rodgers, Watson.

  2. Drew Brees was never going to retire if there was even the most remote possibility that Brady was going to take his place. Zero chance he was taking that risk with his legacy. The Saints had to let the face of the franchise go out in his terms. They never had a choice.

  3. The NFL is a business. The Saints owed nothing to Brees. This is a tacit admission by the GM that they were willing to give up on competing for a Super Bowl last year to appease Brees who wanted nothing more than to pad his stats. As the Vikings, Raiders, Niners etc. all learned the hard way, your QB isnt as good as even a 43 year old Brady.

  4. gallopingghost says:
    July 8, 2021 at 5:13 pm
    The NFL is a business. The Saints owed nothing to Brees. This is a tacit admission by the GM that they were willing to give up on competing for a Super Bowl last year to appease Brees who wanted nothing more than to pad his stats. As the Vikings, Raiders, Niners etc. all learned the hard way, your QB isnt as good as even a 43 year old Brady.

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    And you can see why NE is incredible position getting a head start on turning the page and rebuilding while squeezing one more title out of it for a 2nd dynasty.

    The Saints meanwhile don’t have a future qb in sight, are older and keep refusing a proper 2-3 offseason build for another 5-7 years.

    They’re in trouble.

  5. The Saints beat the Bucs twice in the regular season, so it looked like a solid decision to stick with Brees. But then the wheels just fell off.

    There was no way for Loomis to predict that Brees would dive off a cliff and Brady would just keep getting better.

  6. Brees had a tremendous career. Not one thing to be ashamed of if you’re the Saints and Brees wanted to come back for that final year. Injuries got to him but he played well and earned the right for one more shot at it.

  7. gallopingghost says:
    July 8, 2021 at 5:13 pm
    The NFL is a business. The Saints owed nothing to Brees. This is a tacit admission by the GM that they were willing to give up on competing for a Super Bowl last year to appease Brees who wanted nothing more than to pad his stats. As the Vikings, Raiders, Niners etc. all learned the hard way, your QB isnt as good as even a 43 year old Brady
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    The Saints did owe something to Brees, a ton of money. Give up on a Super Bowl? Brees was 9-3 last season. I guess you think that was horrible. Pad his stats? I’m sure you think that is what Brady is doing as well.

  8. This is just a GM trying to make himself look good. There is no way that after Brees said he was coming back that New Orleans feigned interest in Brady drive up the price. None. Is Jason Lyght an idiot?

  9. Brees’ arm has been a wet noodle for the last two seasons. Accurate for about 17.23 yards according to my brother Randy’s Stat “Fly” Cast numbers. They should just throw the bank at Aaron Rodgers right now so that Jordan can humiliate him in the second round after they get through the Wild Card round as a #7 seed.

  10. Yeah, Brees was so interested in padding his stats that he prevented Payton from inserting Hill in at QB all those times.

    You want to be a fan of your own team, fine. You want to be an NFL fan, maybe understand a little bit more about the NFL.

    The Saints made such a bad decision to bring Brees back that they were last in the division and missed the playoffs even! Egads. The Bucs got hot at the right time. The Saints lack of offensive cohesion all year long finally caught up with them. It happens.

  11. “There was no way for Loomis to predict that Brees would dive off a cliff”

    Other than the fact that he fell apart and became a game manager/liability in need of a gimmick diversion QB for the last 3 seasons, right.

  12. First, kudos to Tampa Bay. What TB12 and the Bucs did was impressive. They won three playoff games on the road, and beat the defending SB champs quite decisively. Well done.

    As to all of the slag Brees catches from the haters on here – somehow, despite (sarcasm) Brees, the Saints beat the Bucs twice, decisively, and had the ball, a 7 point lead, and were driving for more late in the third quarter of the playoff game with the Bucs. The Cook fumble while running open field (a great defensive play), and a great 4th quarter by the Bucs got it done. Again, kudos. It happens. But I would take my chances with Brees 10 times out of 10 in that exact scenario again

  13. Breese was never going to let go of the 2 things he loves about playing in the NFL, padding his stats n his over paid salary. Saints quit on 2020 and their fans to make Drew happy. Towards the end of the year his skills were not good and had no choice but to retire, a year to late.

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