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So many thought gloom and doom in New Orleans with the dreaded salary cap. And now the team has rebuilt itself and has cap room to spare. I love when a plan comes together, compliments of Mickey Loomi$.

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Loomis: Saints' offseason going as planned

April, 14, 2014

By Mike Triplett | ESPN.com

From the outside looking in, the New Orleans Saints offseason has probably seemed a bit hectic.

The Saints have been full of surprises, from the big-name acquisitions of Jairus Byrd and Champ Bailey to the big-name departures of Darren Sproles and others.

Mickey Loomis has made several key additions to the Saints' roster despite salary-cap constraints. Based on reactions from fans and national analysts alike, the biggest head-scratcher of all has been the fact that the Saints keep adding ammo to the roster despite a tight squeeze against the salary cap.

But none of these moves have been made on the fly.

General Manager Mickey Loomis insisted last week that just about every move the Saints made was part of a calculated plan.

"It's not a process where all of a sudden there's somebody [available] and you decide, Hey, let's go do this", Loomis said while speaking with reporters at LSU's pro day.

"We have a short-term plan and a long-term plan", Loomis continued. "And we come into each offseason with 19 or 20 or 25 different things that we want to get accomplished. And you just kind of go down the checklist. And obviously things come up that are unexpected, and you have to react to those. But for the most part, it's a plan and an execution of the plan. So I would say it was kind of business as usual."

Asked how many of those items the Saints have hit, Loomis said, "We've hit a lot of them. We always do. We don't hit every item, but we hit almost all of them."

The Saints are actually in great shape with the salary cap after agreeing to a pay cut with defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley last week. They're now $3.6 million under the cap, and they probably don't have too many more expensive purchases left in their shopping cart.

New Orleans still has some noteworthy tasks left to complete. The biggest is signing tight end Jimmy Graham to a long-term contract extension, but Loomis insisted that there is no immediate pressure to get that done. Graham's franchise tag figure is already counting $7.035 million against the Saints' salary cap, so they don't need to clear out any new cap space for him.

The Saints also need to find a new starting center after letting Brian de la Puente get away in free agency, though they like second-year pro Tim Lelito's potential as a candidate for that role.

And there are a few other positions where New Orleans needs to get younger, including receiver, but most of those needs can be filled through the draft.

As Loomis suggested, we won't know until the fall whether the Saints plan worked out. But so far, at least, everything is going as planned.

"I feel like we've executed our plan well", Loomis said. "Whether that's a good plan or not remains to be seen. But we feel like it is."

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just curious.....is he planning on winning the superbowl aswell? i need to know for future bumping purposes.

If he isn't he needs to leave town immediately. Besides, I know you guys enjoy reading what a top notch GM thinks like. Isn't that also TD's plan?

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If he isn't he needs to leave town immediately. Besides, I know you guys enjoy reading what a top notch GM thinks like. Isn't that also TD's plan?

if not for that last part I would have liked your thread. I know I would smack TD if he started the season thinking they could not win the super bowl.
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so you believe loomis is making all the right moves to win you a superbowl?

I believe he has a game plan and from the signings, releases and restructures he feels as though he's following his plan, which should have an end result of a Super Bowl.

You don't think your GM has a calculated plan that should result in a Super Bowl?

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I believe he has a game plan and from the signings, releases and restructures he feels as though he's following his plan, which should have an end result of a Super Bowl.

You don't think your GM has a calculated plan that should result in a Super Bowl?

yes but this article, is about loomis's plan comming together in april
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yes thats TD's plan.... but TD isnt "Insisting" that he's making all the right moves.

That's because he KNOWS he's not. The fact that he went into last season with one of the weakest O-lines in the league, makes one question his plan and offseason moves. Hasn't he done this offseason what he SHOULD have done LAST offseason?

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Who is 'you all'? Certainly you're not directing that at RC, as far as I know there are no NFL GM that post here.

'you all' being those that don't understand how fluid the salary situation of an NFL team is and/or those that constantly predict cap **** for us

'you all' being people that can't understand that a good GM is a lot like a great chess player...always thinking 20 moves in advance

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yes thats TD's plan.... but TD isnt "Insisting" that he's making all the right moves.

Where did Loomis "insist" that he's making all the right moves?

This is what was written :

General Manager Mickey Loomis insisted last week that just about every move the Saints made was part of a calculated plan.

Only time will tell if those moves were correct.

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Where did he insist that he's making all the right moves?

This is was written :

General Manager Mickey Loomis insisted last week that just about every move the Saints made was part of a calculated plan.

Only time will tell if those moves were correct.

shhh....don't bother to even try

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