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Saints News, 3/24/15: Mickey Loomis Says Trade Talks Surrounding Jimmy Graham 'Evolved' Into Deal With Seattle

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From NOLA.com: Loomis said Monday at the NFL owners meetings, "You know, we're trying to do some things to help our overall team. And we've been fortunate to have a really good offense for the entire time that Sean Payton's been our head coach. "I think we've finished first in the NFL five of the nine years, and the top five every year that he's been our head coach. And the one year he was suspended, we still managed to finish sixth in the NFL. "So we've been able to generate offense throughout that period. And yet our defense has been up and down. So when you look at your team, you're trying to assess the assets that you have and, 'How can we help ourselves in areas of weakness?' And sometimes that requires you to take a strength of your team and turn it into something else. And the trade just evolved that way."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ICYMI: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> GM Mickey Loomis dispels Drew Brees trade rumors, downplays notion that everyone was &#39;for sale&#39; <a href="http://t.co/X2rq3xVH3i">http://t.co/X2rq3xVH3i</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/580343132232941568">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ICYMI: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; Sean Payton knows Jimmy Graham trade is tough for Drew Brees <a href="http://t.co/ElrZCvOtUe">http://t.co/ElrZCvOtUe</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/580342575858466816">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>G Jahri Evans appears safe on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> roster, due $500,000 roster bonus today <a href="http://t.co/TrcWaxjXqL">http://t.co/TrcWaxjXqL</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/580342349403844608">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The NFL says it will end the &quot;blackout&quot; procedure for home games for a year. Not a factor here of course, though there was a time..</p>&mdash; Mike Hoss WWL-TV (@MHossWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/MHossWWL/status/580308782972084224">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>in case you STILL weren&#39;t sure MT <a href="https://twitter.com/FOXSports1">@FOXSports1</a>: Is Drew Brees on the trade block? Sean Payton addressed those rumors&#10;<a href="https://t.co/YZlTiuywK4">https://t.co/YZlTiuywK4</a></p>&mdash; Steve Geller (@SteveGellerWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/SteveGellerWWL/status/580255140386459648">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Great fit RT <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1">@KristianGaric1</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> hosting Free Agent OLB/ DE Anthony Spencer on visit, per source.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/580218602130923520">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton talks with <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk">@ProFootballTalk</a> about the latest <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> moves (VIDEO) <a href="http://t.co/b0RVORM7Vq">http://t.co/b0RVORM7Vq</a> <a href="http://t.co/CvRvVSVZoR">pic.twitter.com/CvRvVSVZoR</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/580203660426117120">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mr. &amp; Mrs. Benson enjoying the NFL Owners Meeting Monday night reception <a href="http://t.co/hbt2LkparC">pic.twitter.com/hbt2LkparC</a></p>&mdash; Greg Bensel (@GregBensel) <a href="https://twitter.com/GregBensel/status/580190326817574912">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Looking ahead to next year&#39;s comp picks? Among qualifiers, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> added C.J. Spiller, lost Patrick Robinson. Not sure if Browner counts...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/580187521860165633">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>...since Browner&#39;s option wasn&#39;t picked up by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Patriots?src=hash">#Patriots</a>. Either way, doesn&#39;t look like <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> will get a comp pick next year.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/580187701791576064">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Disappointing there&#39;s no compensatory pick for Saints. They lost 1 more FA last year than they signed. Not sure why it didn&#39;t work out</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/580185393842274304">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ultimately the equation boils down to quality of players lost vs quality of those acquired. Guess that wasn&#39;t in Saints favor</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/580185690585083904">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thanks to @crossfitfullstrength for a great workout. &#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/herowod?src=hash">#herowod</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/crossfit?src=hash">#crossfit</a> <a href="http://t.co/BmIpkFc6vf">pic.twitter.com/BmIpkFc6vf</a></p>&mdash; Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton/status/580183211516387328">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Since 1994, the Saints have had only 10 compensatory picks, the second lowest number in the league.</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/status/580176634566696960">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton on trading Jimmy Graham &quot;Mickey (Loomis) and I discussed this deal for a week leading up to it....(cont.)</p>&mdash; Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherMackel) <a href="https://twitter.com/FletcherMackel/status/580163145500483585">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton on Graham trade (continued)&#10;...it was really just looking at must areas we need to improve in and assets we had to do that with.&quot;</p>&mdash; Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherMackel) <a href="https://twitter.com/FletcherMackel/status/580163469615321088">March 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>WATCH NOW <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead">@thomasmorstead</a> kicks the longest punt in <a href="https://twitter.com/IndyCar">@indycar</a> history! &#10;<a href="https://t.co/u0PdCaMCut">https://t.co/u0PdCaMCut</a></p>&mdash; GPofNOLA (@GPofNOLA) <a href="https://twitter.com/GPofNOLA/status/580150010114809856">March 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mickey Loomis talked about a number of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> topics today at the NFL Annual Meeting VIDEO: <a href="http://t.co/glfutB3Glj">http://t.co/glfutB3Glj</a> <a href="http://t.co/IWQ3y3RTep">pic.twitter.com/IWQ3y3RTep</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/580149397524209665">March 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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