It was revealed today that the New Orleans Saints have extended general manager Mickey Loomis’ contract for five years. Loomis, like head coach Sean Payton, will be under contract with the Saints through the 2017 season. Loomis has been with the Saints since 2002 and giving him a contract extension was a great move by Saints owner, Tom Benson.
Benson obviously has a lot of trust in his general manager because Loomis is also the head of basketball operations for the New Orleans Hornets, the NBA franchise Benson purchased in 2012. It is refreshing to see an owner stand by the side of his coach and general manager and the Payton-Loomis combination has proven to be a winning formula for the Saints.
Loomis was named NFL Executive of the Year back in 2006, the same year that Payton was hired by the Saints. Furthermore, Loomis is highly regarded as one of the best general managers in the NFL today and was the architect of a Saints team that won the Super Bowl back in 2009.
Both Loomis and Payton have come back for the bounty scandal that rocked the Saints organization for most of last season and are looking to get the team back on track. Loomis will have his work cut out for him because even though the Saints retained Payton they have also lost many other key staff members through firing and free agency.
Also, Loomis has to worry about the salary cap constraints the Saints will be facing this summer and it will be difficult to retain some key players. One player that is on the top of Loomis’ priorities is starting left tackle, Jermon Bushrod.
Bushrod will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and he will definitely be looking for a lucrative deal, if the deal will be with the Saints remains to be unseen. Furthermore, Loomis will have to decide whether or not the Saints should retain defensive end Will Smith and middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
Loomis will definitely be earning his contract this off-season, but if anyone can figure out a cost effective way to fix the Saints it is Loomis. This off-season will be challenging for the Saints, but Loomis really is one of the best and I know he will find a way to get the Saints back to Super Bowl contention.