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Mickey Loomis: Research on QBs not “dramatically different” from past years

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 21: General manager Mickey Loomis of the New Orleans Saints watches action prior to a game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 21, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ contract expires after the 2016 season and that’s led to talks between the team and Brees about a deal that would keep him in New Orleans for 2017 and beyond.

Brees said Tuesday that those talks are ongoing and that he’s confident that it will get done, although he added that he’s not averse to playing out the year on his current deal. The lack of a deal beyond this year and the time the Saints have spent with draft prospects at quarterback have led some to wonder if the team might be willing to use a high pick on a quarterback who could take over for Brees.

The Saints drafted Garrett Grayson in the third round last year and Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said during a Wednesday press conference that the team’s research into quarterbacks this year hasn’t been a big change from past years.

“We look into the quarterbacks every year,” Loomis said, via Evan Woodbury of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “We have the last few years. ... I don’t see [this year] as being dramatically different.”

Loomis also shot down a report that the team had talks about jumping to the top of the draft to get Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, although we’d hardly expect any G.M. to lay out everything the team is thinking about doing in the draft before the draft actually gets underway.