The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints to acquire head coach Sean Payton. At last, we finally know who will be the team’s leader on the sideline for the foreseeable future.
The compensation is as follows:
Throughout the process, there had been speculation that any team who were to acquire Payton would have to fork over multiple first-round picks. That was a tough ask for a team that was never even going to have Payton as their head coach in 2023 in the first place.
Payton wanted to return to coaching, but the Saints, who held his rights, already have Dennis Allen in that role. Payton stepped away last offseason and chose to go into the media with FOX.
Deal for Sean Payton to the Denver Broncos was a steal.
Although teams who wanted to acquire Sean Payton from the Saints would not have been able to include a player in the trade, the fact that the Denver Broncos didn’t have to is remarkable. Giving up just a first and third-round pick for a star head coach is just outstanding.
Had this move been in mid-March or later, the Saints could have asked for one of the team’s star players in return given that that’s when the new league year is and trading players would be permitted.
The thing with that, however, is that nobody would have been willing to wait that long to acquire Payton. The Broncos, with new ownership, wanted to act now and got the job done.
Would it have been nice to have the first-round pick? Sure, but when there is a chance to acquire a star talent whether it be a player or coach, you pull the trigger and make it happen.
The compensation the Broncos are sending to the Saints is also a steal when you factor in the fact that they would not have had to send someone like the 49ers anything to hire DeMeco Ryans as their head coach (since he was a coordinator). What I mean by that is that it could have been a lot more.
The Denver Broncos could lose defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero to another team as a head coach candidate but they have more reason to keep him.
This is a huge win for the Denver Broncos.