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Saints Don’t Have Interest in Michael Vick

As far as Mike Vick goes, the Saints are not interested:

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis stood by his statement from last month that the team has “no plans to bring Michael Vick to the Saints.”

Although some national media outlets haven’t crossed New Orleans off the list of potential Vick suitors, we would comfortably urge them to do so.

“We have already commented on Vick and have nothing further to add,” Loomis said Wednesday.

From talking with sources both on and off the record over the past few months, we believe wholeheartedly that the Saints indeed have no interest in pursuing the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback.

The main reason — on top of all the potential distractions and public relations backlash that is sure to scare off most NFL teams — is that the Saints want to keep the ball in quarterback Drew Brees’ hands as often as possible. Sure, they might throw in a trick play every once in a while, but they won’t be installing any “wildcat” packages into their offense, which would be ideally suited for a mobile quarterback/runner like Vick.

Coach Sean Payton made a reference to that last month without identifying Vick by name:

“I’ve read about our interest in certain players and putting in that (wildcat) system. Right now, we’ve got too many other things we’ve got to work on. I just don’t want to take away any snaps from Drew Brees,” Payton said.

Many readers have suggested that the Saint should simply take on Vick as a backup quarterback project, much like they did with Joey Harrington last year. But that doesn’t make much sense for the Saints, either. Vick’s isn’t ideally suited for the Saints’ West Coast-style offense. Any team that invests in Vick would want to design a package or an entire offense around his unique skill set.

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