Saints GM Loomis confident free-agent-to-be Brees will stay

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and coach Sean Paytonhave both said they expect Brees' pending free agency to be resolved fairly quickly and for him to remain with the team.

On Monday, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis told The Times-Picayune that he similarly feels confident about Brees' future in New Orleans, though he acknowledged that keeping the quarterback will make it more challenging to decide who else to retain among the rest of the team's pending free agents.

"There's been lots of times where you've had core players that are unrestricted free agents, that happens, and occasionally you lose some that you don't want to lose," Loomis said. "It's part of the business, and we just have to move on when that happens. I don't like when it happens, and we'll do everything we can not to let that happen."

Wide receiver Marques Colston and guard Carl Nicks are among the other Saints scheduled to become free agents this offseason.

Loomis, who joked about being fired if he can't re-sign Brees, said the quarterback is "a player that we value a lot, more than any other player in the history of our team," adding that any deal reached has to be "right ... for him and obviously for the club, as well."

Loomis told the newspaper he hasn't yet spoken with Tom Condon, Brees' agent.

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