Loomis wants Sharper back, but at right price

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Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme has scheduled a free agent visit with the Saints Friday and Saturday at the team's Airline Drive facility. Delhomme, who started his NFL career as a backup with the Saints, was recently released by the Panthers.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says he can't gauge the level of mutual interest until the team has had a chance to speak with Delhomme.

St. Louis Rams defensive end, James Hall, a New Orleans native who attended high school at St. Augustine, is also visiting Friday.

On the topic of Saints free agent safety Darren Sharper, Loomis said, "I have all the love in the world for Darren Sharper. I just don't have all the money in the world for Darren Sharper."

Loomis says the team would like to re-sign Sharper if it fits into the Saints' salary structure.

Loomis also said that running back Reggie Bush will return to the team next season with his full base salary of $8 million.

When asked if the Saints were going to offer quarterback Drew Brees a raise, Loomis responded that Brees "has a contract for this year and next year. That's all I'm going to say about that."

Last season the Super Bowl M.V.P. was the 17th highest paid quarterback in the NFL.

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