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Jahri Evans happy ... and so are Saints

Posted by Albert Breer  August 10, 2010 02:34 PM

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Now, getting Evans done might not have been the easiest thing for the Saints to accomplish. But Loomis said it really wasn't a whole tougher in 2010 than it would've been previously.

"They’re all complicated," Loomis said of contract. "I don’t know if it’s moreso. What I would say is you have to be mindful that, with a player and his contract, it’s a personal issue. For any of us on that side of the table, it’s a personal issue and for the club it’s a real business issue. And we’ve just gotta be sensitive to the fact that it is a personal issue and deal with that accordingly."

The good news for the Saints is that there is a peripheral benefit in rewarding a rising player in the locker room.

But Loomis said, frankly, that the club couldn't look at it that way going into the talks. Instead, the Saints had to go at it with the aforementioned business-centered approach.

"At the end of the day, it’s gotta be a deal that you feel good about for your team and in your salary structure," Loomis said. "If there’s an ancillary benefit that it sends a good message to your team, that’s great. But that shouldn’t be the primary concern. The primary concern is to do what’s best for the organization."
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