Saints GM Mickey Loomis: I've Always Thought Drew Brees Was Great

Before BountyGate took over the headlines, the Saints were mired in a much less significant controversy: Does GM Mickey Loomis think Drew Brees is "great" or simply "very good?"

Loomis was accused by unnamed NFL insiders of downplaying his star quarterback's ability, ostensibly to avoid paying Brees like an elite player -- despite the fact that, you know, Loomis already tried to make Brees the highest-paid player in the NFL.

In any case, Loomis officially cleared the air, telling the Times-Picayune: "I have always thought of Drew as a great player. Always. Even when his shoulder was damaged (in 2006) I thought he was a great player. That's why we wanted him, and it's ridiculous for anyone to think otherwise." (hat-tip: National Football Post)

Everyone good? Good. Now about those bounties...

For more on Brees, check out Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles and the Saints' 2012 Free Agency StoryStream.

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