Loomis: Brees' contract most important

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis held a pre-draft meeting with the media Thursday, but the session wasn’t all about the draft.

The Saints don’t have a pick until the third round and they’re dealing with the bounty scandal. They also currently are trying to get quarterback Drew Brees signed to a long-term contract, but nothing has happened on that front. Loomis wouldn’t talk about the negotiations, but he did address the situation in general terms.

“I get that this is the most important contract I’ve ever negotiated,’’ Loomis said.

Loomis said Brees has earned the right to a big contract and said he respects that. Although there have been reports that little or no progress has come in the negotiations, Loomis didn’t sound like the situation his hostile.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This deal will get done. Both sides are simply going through the negotiating process. There’s not a huge sense of urgency right now. That will come when the Saints have a minicamp in late May or when they report to training camp in late July. Brees is trying to get the best deal he can. The Saints are trying to structure a deal that will fit with their salary cap. Right now, you can’t blame either side for trying to get the best deal possible.

If training camp rolls around and this is still hanging out there, then Brees and the Saints will have a real problem.