A decision from Drew Brees on whether he’ll be back for a 21st NFL season or opt to retire remains something fans and the Saints wait patiently to hear.
“I don’t think it’s a lot different from last year,” said team Executive Vice President and General Manager Mickey Loomis. “We’ll wait for him, but we have a lot of other planning to do. There’s more unknowns right now than there are knowns in the sense that we don’t yet know what the cap is going to be next year. Even a narrow range we don’t have yet.”
According to OverTheCap.com, the Saints are projected to be $112 million over the salary cap. Typically the cap teams will be working with is announced in early March, right before the new league year kicks off.
“We have a lot of planning to do, we haven’t completed our roster evaluations from last season. So, at this point and time, there are more unknowns than there are knowns,” Loomis explained.
New Orleans is a popular destination for any quarterback set for free agency or mentioned in trade talks. But, Coach Payton has talked about how happy he is with the guys he’s had eyes on that are already in the building.
“We like Taysom, we like Jameis,” echoed Loomis about Hill and Winston. “We like what they did for us. But again, just like every other position, we are going to have a lot of discussions over the next week or two and move on from there.”
There is a ton of focus in Mobile, Alabama currently as the Senior Bowl is taking place. It’s an event that has yielded a number of players who have gone on to play for New Orleans including both of last’s years 3rd round picks in LB Zach Baun and TE Adam Trautman.