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Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the team will seriously evaluate quarterbacks in this year’s draft regardless of how negotiations toward a
new deal with 12-year starter Drew Brees progress.
”Look Sonny Milano Jersey , you evaluate
everyone because you never know when you might make a move up to trade up higher and you end up picking in a position that you don’t expect,”
Loomis said on Wednesday while meeting with reporters who are in Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl. ”That’s what our scouts do, what our
personnel department does.”
While Loomis said negotiations with Brees on a new contract have yet to commence, he sounded optimistic that the Saints and Brees will agree on an
extension as they did in 2012 and again in 2016.
”This has happened before,” Loomis said. ”We want him to be our quarterback and we’ll get going on that at some point.”
Loomis offered no indication that the Saints have been anything less than thrilled with Brees’ production and leadership, as well as the way he has
continued to represent the franchise.
He called Brees’ 2017 season ”fantastic,” adding, ”It’s beyond the numbers. It’s the leadership. He’s the face of our organization.
He’s embraced being identified with New Orleans and all those things that are good for our community and him as well.
”Sometimes you feel a little awkward piling on these compliments, but he deserves them all,” Loomis added.
Brees completed an NFL-record 72 percent of his passes this season for 4 Zach Werenski Jersey ,334 yards and 23
touchdowns against eight interceptions.
”Nothing he does should surprise any of us, right? Period,” Loomis said. ”Look, we love him. The impact he’s had on our team, our
organization, our city is hard to measure.”
Although Brees’ yardage totals were his lowest in 12 seasons, he did not attempt as many passes because the Saints exploited a strong running game
led by fellow Pro Bowlers Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
New Orleans finished the regular season ranked second in the NFL in total offense, won the NFC South and defeated Carolina in a wild-card playoff
game. The Saints were one play away from going to the NFC title game, but were eliminated dramatically on a 61-yard Vikings touchdown on the last play
of a divisional-round game at Minnesota.
Brees’ contract – which was technically structured to run through 2020 for the purposes of pro-rating his signing bonus – voids automatically at
the end of the current league year in March. The Saints would lose $18 million in salary cap flexibility should New Orleans and Brees fail to agree on
Regardless of the cap hit caused by either the failure or success of negotiations with Brees, Loomis said the Saints would have a plan to deal with
”We’ll handle that,” Loomis said. ”We’ve always got a plan for our cap. … It’s what you have to do when you have some high-paying”
While Loomis has been known to base contract decisions on careful statistical analysis, he acknowledged that comparing Brees’ potential to the
numbers of past 39-year-old quarterbacks is more difficult because there haven’t been many who’ve performed at an elite level. Still Authentic Alexander Radulov Jersey ,
Loomis gave no indication that he would use Brees’ age against the quarterback in a considerable way.
”With our coaches and our personnel department, they go by what they see,” Loomis said. ”And what they see is pretty good, right?”
Brent Suter turned a quick mistake into a big win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The left-hander pitched seven strong innings, Manny Pina homered and the Milwaukee Brewers capitalized on a season-high four errors by St. Louis in an
11-3 victory Thursday night.
Suter (8-4) retired 12 straight after Matt Carpenter homered on the first pitch of the game.
”Not that I just laid it in there, but it kind of fired me up,” Suter said. ”It was like, OK, they’re coming out swinging. I have to locate
better and come out with that much more conviction on my early pitches.”
That he did.
Suter went a career-high seven innings for the second time this season and third overall. He limited the Cardinals to two runs and two hits with a
walk and five strikeouts.
”I was able to get some early outs and keep them off the bases,” he said.
Suter is 6-1 with a 3.12 ERA in his last seven starts and made an impression on his manager by commanding his curveball and changeup.
”To me, this little run he’s on, his off-speed pitches have been well-located Trenton Cannon Color Rush Jersey ,” Milwaukee
skipper Craig Counsell said.
The Brewers regained the lead in NL Central, one game ahead of the Chicago Cubs.
Carlos Martinez (3-4) struggled in his fourth start since returning from the disabled list (right lat strain). He allowed seven runs – five earned
– on eight hits in four innings with two walks, three strikeouts and two wild pitches. The right-hander is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA since being
activated on June 4.
Milwaukee went ahead 2-1 in the first and never looked back.
Left fielder Marcell Ozuna tracked Jesus Aguilar’s towering fly and climbed the wall in anticipation of making a home run-saving catch. The ball hit
the padding behind and below Ozuna and bounced away as two runs scored for Milwaukee.
Fielding and throwing errors in the third helped the Brewers tack on two unearned runs.
Lorenzo Cain reached on Carpenter’s fielding error at third base and scored on Travis Shaw’s double. Shaw advanced on a wild pitch and then raced
home when Martinez lost the grip on the ball as he threw toward the plate and it squirted toward the third base line.
The Brewers broke it open in the fourth on a home run by Pina, a run-scoring single by Cain and a sacrifice fly by Shaw.
Milwaukee added three unearned runs in the seventh aided by a fielding and throwing error by second baseman Jedd Gyorko.
The four Cardinals errors surprised Suter.
”They definitely had some uncharacteristic mistakes,” he said. ”We had a lot of baserunners there. So, maybe keeping the pressure on them led to
that. They don’t do that very often, and they probably won’t the rest of the series.”
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny addressed the miscues.
”Mistakes are mistakes,” he said. ”Guys prepare. They compete. They don’t give up. Mistakes are going to happen. Do we settle for them? Do we
try to fix them? We don’t settle. We try to fix. That’s all.”
Yadier Molina was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Yairo Munoz in the fifth. Munoz had a run-scoring base hit in the ninth.
Carpenter hit the first pitch from Suter for his 17th leadoff home run and second of the season.
Cardinals: RHP John Gant was recalled from Triple-A Memphis for the third time this season. He allowed three hits and four unearned runs with two
strikeouts over two innings.
Brewers: LF Ryan Braun, who is batting .236 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs, had a cryotherapy injection in his troublesome right thumb Wednesday in
Los Angeles. It’s the first time this season and fifth overall that he’s undergone the procedure to freeze the nerve. He did not play.
Cain came out in the top of the fifth with a right hamstring cramp. He hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth before exiting in what the team called a
precautionary move. Counsell said Cain will be in the lineup Friday.
The Cardinals placed right-hander Michael Wacha on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Wacha (8-2), who has a 3.20 ERA and leads the
team in wins and strikeouts (71) in 15 starts, left Wednesday’s outing against Philadelphia with the injury. Matheny said an MRI confirmed the
strain and it was too early to tell how long Wacha will be out. ”It’ll be a couple of weeks http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-leighton-vander-esch-jersey , at least,” Matheny said. ”We don’t have a
clear time. They’re still doing testing.”
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.66 ERA) makes his third career start against the Brewers and second at Miller Park, where he made his major
league debut on April 3, striking out nine in a 5-4 loss. He was optioned to the minors the next day to make roster room for RHP Adam Wainwright.
Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (3-5, 2.89) makes his 14th start of the season and third against the Cardinals. He is 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA in six career
starts vs. St. Louis, including 1-0 in two starts this season.