Vargas: Everyone wins in Saints, Strief deal

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- As Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Ernie Sims (59) and Dallas Cowboys strong safety Jeff Heath (38) lie in a pile, New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) celebrates his touchdown with New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief (64) as the New Orleans Saint play the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes Benz Superdome  in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- As Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Ernie Sims (59) and Dallas Cowboys strong safety Jeff Heath (38) lie in a pile, New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) celebrates his touchdown with New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief (64) as the New Orleans Saint play the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.

Countless times, Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis has told reporters that his office’s goal at this point in the offseason is to shore up as many potential weaknesses as possible in free agency. That way, Loomis’ thinking goes, when the draft arrives in May, the Saints aren’t forced to pass on any good players who nonetheless might not fill an immediate need.