Denver Broncos’ top office is now focusing on 2023. The franchise fired Nathaniel Hackett, their first year head coach, on Christmas Eve. They will now begin a search for a new head coach and have expressed interest in an attractive name this offseason.
According to ESPN, the Broncos requested permission from New Orleans Saints for Sean Payton’s interview. This was confirmed by CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones. Denver could interview Payton personally as soon as January 17. Payton is still owned by the Saints, so any team looking to hire him must create a deal package that will send New Orleans. In 2006, the Kansas City Chiefs traded a fourth-rounder for Herm Edwards to the New York Jets.
Payton said that he confirmed the rumors and had spoken with Broncos owners on Sunday.
Payton stated on FOX that Denver was the first team and that he and his owner were able to talk. It will go to Saints team, then the official interview process cannot begin until 17th of the month. . . . That’s it.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Denver agrees with New Orleans’ request for “a first-round draft pick and more”. The Broncos now have the option to purchase Payton’s contract rights in an agreement to buy Payton’s first round pick. This is thanks to the midseason deal that saw Bradley Chubb traded to Miami Dolphins. Denver has also the 2023 third-round pick and their first four 2024 picks.
ESPN reported that both the Saints and Broncos don’t have to reach an agreement on trade compensation. If the talks between Denver and Payton are successful, those negotiations would take place later. What would it cost for the Broncos, or for any other team, to trade Payton?CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan JonesHe found that nearly all executives he interviewed believed it would be at least one first-round selection.
Although Payton was relieved of his position as Saints head coach in January 2018, many think he will be ready to take over the role again in 2023. In 15 seasons as a coach, Payton holds a record of 152-89 in the regular season and 9-8 in the postseason.
Josina Anderson from CBS Sports NFL Insider reports that Payton is very fond of the Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, and Arizona Cardinals. Anderson last month reported that Payton would listen to Broncos calls, although he prefers strong links with the general manager.