An NFL insider says the Saints want more than the draft pick compensation that was previously reported in exchange for the rights to Sean Payton.
The New Orleans Saints can completely change the trajectory of their franchise, but unfortunately part of the picture is out of their hands. For the moment, the Saints approach the offseason in a bad patch. They need more talent but haven’t had a first-round pick since they traded him.
Sean Payton, who retired at the end of last season, is still under contract with the Saints. He’s open enough about returning to the NFL to accept interviews, which is good news for New Orleans because they have the right to seek compensation for their rights or refuse to release their rights. to any team looking to hire him.
Essentially, it will be a coaching swap for the team that will sign Payton, if a team does.
A price was previously reported on Payton, but obviously that price was wrong. We now know a little more.
The Saints still want more than a first-round pick for the rights to Sean Payton.
During NBC’s pre-game show for the Jaguars vs. Chiefs, Mike Florio gave an update on interviews with NFL coaches. He spoke about Payton and the value the Saints want for his rights:
“Even though Payton has said that the Saints who still have his contractual rights want a mid-to-late first-round pick in case he goes to another team, I am told that the Saints want more than that, and they certainly will want more. if he goes to the Panthers who play in the same division as the New Orleans Saints. »
This price was revealed by Sean Payton himself earlier this week. And, let’s be honest, that price seemed a bit low at the time. Sean Payton is the most coveted coaching option right now, and some of these teams are under orders to do whatever they can to improve. Payton would take a big step forward in this regard.
The appearance of the Panthers is even less surprising. Frankly, the Saints should only allow the Panthers into the conversation to help up the ante. Letting Payton go to another team in the division is a surefire way to ensure you have at least one tough team to beat each year.
Keep in mind, Payton could just continue with his broadcast gig, too, if he wants.
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