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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead IV (83) makes a one-handed catch during an NFL Minicamp Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Saints Training Facility in Metairie.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

Willie Snead remains optimistic that he'll have a long-term deal with the Saints before the season begins.

Snead, who received a tender of $615,000 as an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason, would like a long-term deal, and New Orleans would like to lock up the talented receiver. 

But general manager Mickey Loomis cautioned at the NFL draft that although he didn't expect any issues in re-signing Snead, a new contract might be imminent.

"I think the guys upstairs are working on it," Snead said. "I'm hopeful, and I just have to keep worrying about myself and staying healthy and doing all the right things. I know it's going to be a handled, it's going to take time, but I feel like we'll get it done sooner or later."

Snead, who has caught 141 passes for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons after blossoming as an unlikely training-camp story for the Saints, has been content to let his agent, James Parkeson Miller, handle the situation.

"I trust him, and I trust the people in my corner that are fighting for me," Snead said. "I've just got to go out there and keep proving every day that I'm worth it."

For the moment, Snead insists the spectre of his contract isn't hanging over his head.

"I don't even think about it half the time," Snead said. "I'm just out there playing ball, and I feel like that's what I'm meant to do this year, is just keep proving myself."

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