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Saints News, 3/4/14: Loomis Confident Deal With Graham Will Be Reached

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“We haven’t been through this process [before],” Loomis told Rich Gannon and Bruce Murray of SiriusXM NFL Radio. “All we do is franchise him, and it’s out of our hands.” Loomis then said, “These negotiations are always a process, and Jimmy’s been a great player for us for the last four years.... Look, I had hoped and I’m sure he had hoped we’d come to some conclusion on a longer-term deal before this. But we haven’t yet, and hopefully we will. . . . We’ll just let it play out, and I’m sure we’ll get something resolved.”

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"These negotiations are always a process, and Jimmy’s been a great player for us for the last four years," Loomis said.  "Look, I had hoped and I’m sure he had hoped we’d come to some conclusion on a longer-term deal before this.  But we haven’t yet, and hopefully we will. . . .  We’ll just let it play out, and I’m sure we’ll get something resolved."

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