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Saints News, 3/15/16: Loomis Explains Signing Fleener Over Defense, Still Quiet on Brees Extension

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Some fans have questioned why the Saints signed TE Coby Fleener over help for their defense. In an interview Monday, GM Mickey Loomis explained the choice. However, as open as he was about the Fleener signing, he was equally quiet on the talks to extend Drew Brees. Also, apparently Kasim Edebali is an awesome dude.

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Saints News

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