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Halo 03-06-2011 11:28 PM

New Orleans Saints recent offseason moves on the mark
 
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New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis hasn't let the threat of a labor lockout prevent him from taking care of business. He's been among the most active and aggressive executives in the league.

And so far, one has to like what he's done.

In fact, the Saints have hit for the cycle -- 4-for-4 -- with one large potential asterisk.

The first order of business caught some Saints fans off-guard. The release of Shockey was a little surprising, considering his relationship with Coach Sean Payton. But the Saints were wise to part ways with the oft-injured, aging tight end.

While Shockey can still contribute, he's a luxury item in New Orleans. Jimmy Graham is a future star, and David Thomas and developmental prospect Tyler Lorenzen provide quality depth. Shockey's $4 million contract was exorbitant and can be better applied to the war chest needed to sign the team's large pool of unrestricted free agents.

Hartley's five-year deal also made sense. He has solidified the once-volatile kicker position, and he's proven to be one of the best young kickers in the league. There's no reason why one wouldn't want to lock up his live leg long-term.

The four-year deal for Thomas probably was the most surprising move of all. Some thought Thomas and the Saints might part ways after his rocky, injury-riddled 2010 season. But both sides wisely understood they need each other.


Euphoria 03-07-2011 10:28 AM

WOW surprise the Saints are making good decisions and good moves.

So refreshing to have Sean Payton.

st thomas 03-07-2011 02:16 PM

keep it going loomis ur on a roll and great job by the way.

skymike 03-08-2011 07:33 AM

it all starts from the top down, doesnt it. I remember the immediate change when we got Jim Finks.

Beastmode 03-08-2011 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by skymike (Post 288455)
it all starts from the top down, doesnt it. I remember the immediate change when we got Jim Finks.

Agree. Finks's style was building those lines first and for that era it was sound reasoning. Times change though as we all know. What I like about Loomis is that he's proactive at every position, constantly trying to improve every area, even if it's a slight improvement. Loomis pays attention to the details.

Rugby Saint II 03-08-2011 01:25 PM

Loomis understands football operations better than most GMs. We were fortunate that Loomis knew how to put together a really sound organized system for running the organization. Between Loomis, Payton, Williams, and Drew we have the strength of a Dynasty in the making.
But one of the biggest reasons we are winning is Rita......that's right I said it. Rita is also a large reason that we are where we are. I believe she has been running the show quietly behind the scenes since Benson failed when he tried moving us to San Antonio. JMHO:)

saintfan 03-08-2011 01:37 PM

Am I the only person on the planet who was NOT surprised that Thomas was resigned?

Danno 03-08-2011 02:46 PM

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Originally Posted by saintfan (Post 288496)
Am I the only person on the planet who was NOT surprised that Thomas was resigned?

Nope. I've been saying all along the so called friction between he and Payton was total BS.

skymike 03-09-2011 07:38 AM

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Originally Posted by saintfan (Post 288496)
Am I the only person on the planet who was NOT surprised that Thomas was resigned?

you and danno are smarter than me. I thought he was a goner.

QBREES9 03-17-2011 09:39 PM

Do we have a CBA yet.


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