"At the end of the day, it comes down to this: We've had a good offensive team for a number of years," Loomis said. "We do well on that side of the ball, but we've got to improve ourselves on defense."
Acquiring one of the NFL's best centers won't directly help the defense, but Loomis also netted a first-round draft pick and salary-cap space.
"There's three ways to get players in our league," Loomis continued, "and that's through free agency, the draft and then trades. We kind of believe in using all avenues. So we took one of our assets on offense and turned it into some resources (that) hopefully we can improve our defense with."
While it makes sense to allocate resources toward a porous defense, the Saints have to hope they didn't forfeit too much offense in the process.