“He’s an emotional player, but that’s part of what makes him such a good player for us,” Loomis told reporters Monday during the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.
Lewis took to Instagram and ESPN.com two weeks ago to voice how he wasn’t feeling happy or secure with the way so many of his teammates were being shipped out of New Orleans via trades and releases over the past two years. And he threatened to hold out of offseason camps and become a “distraction” if the Saints couldn’t guarantee the final three years of his contract.
Lewis never demanded more money, and he followed up with statements stressing that his desire was to make sure he stayed put long-term in his hometown of New Orleans.
He got his wish when the Saints restructured his deal to include an extra $10.45 million in guarantees (without adding any new dollars) last week.
Lewis said he apologized to Loomis and coach Sean Payton about the way he handled his demands. But Loomis said he didn’t pay attention to the public comments.
“I only know what Keenan’s told me directly,” Loomis said. “And I know this, he loves playing for the Saints, he loves the city of New Orleans, being around his family, being around his team. And I think for him, his dream is to have a long career with the Saints and finish with the Saints. So there’s nothing wrong with any of that.”