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Insider says Broncos have budget to pursue Sean Payton

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The Denver Broncos have completed their first round of interviews in their search for a new head coach. Topping the list for Denver is former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Although the Broncos’ owners are the wealthiest in the NFL, 9News’ Mike Klis mentioned Jan. 19 on 104.3 The Fan in Denver that there’s a budget for how much they’ll spend on Payton.

“You also have a budget. I don’t think they’re going to put out $25 million and I don’t think they’re going to compete.” Klis continued, “It comes down to whether you want the job or not and you want it for the money or do you want him because you want to be a head coach and win that second Super Bowl and help this franchise here in Denver.”

The next question would be, will Denver spend up to $20 million on the former Super Bowl-winning head coach?

“20 (million) maybe yes, that might still be a million or so on the high side but 20 (million) wouldn’t surprise me.”

According to The Score’s Jordan SchultzPayton “Wants at least $20 million a year, but that’s also the usual rate for a top-notch head coach.”

New Orleans gave the Broncos an idea of ​​what a trade in exchange for Payton would look like.

“Saints GM Mickey Loomis is seeking compensation similar to what Tampa Bay’s Oakland Raiders traded for Jon Gruden in 2002, with two first-round draft picks being the starting point.” by Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, two first-round picks are too many for a deal to be struck between Payton’s new team and the Saints.

“Sean will make the trade for Sean when he has a new team. Sean won’t feel like trading his next two first-round draft picks is good for him. With all due respect, I’d be devastated if they got two for him,” Schefter said. Schefter said on 104.3 The Fan on Jan 19.

Klis also confirmed Schefter’s report: “There will be no two first-round draft picks.”

Denver still seems to be the leader in Payton Sweepstakes, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

“The Broncos appear to be the frontrunners for Sean Payton, at least early in the process. Payton likes the franchise’s stable ownership and would love to work with Russell Wilson,” Maske said Jan. 12.

A day after his interview with Denver, Mask tweeted“The Broncos remain in a very strong position to bring in Sean Payton regardless of interest from other teams. They have the richest owners in the NFL. Payton has told his staff that he likes the Broncos’ stable ownership and is willing to work with Russell Wilson.”

During his radio interview with Cowherd, Payton was asked if ownership and the quarterback are the top two things that matter to him, Payton agreed.

“If the quarterback is there, it’s probably a team that’s playing well. I won’t say that the teams that have vacancies are broken, but they’ve had problems. So there is an opening. I think that element is crucial, the ownership element and philosophically.” Payton added, “It’s hard to win in this league and it’s certainly harder to win in this league when there are internal issues before you even get there plays against an opponent.”

The fight for the former Super Bowl winning head coach will likely come down to the Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Both teams have the wealthiest owners in the NFL, with Denver leading the way, but it’s unclear if it will come down to money.

Per Shultz: “Panthers owner David Tepper went all out and basically did whatever Sean Payton wanted him to do. That’s how much the Panthers want him. The question is, can they get him out of Denver.”

“If the quarterback is there, it’s probably a team that’s playing well. I won’t say that the teams that have vacancies are broken, but they’ve had problems. So there is an opening. I think that element is crucial, the ownership element and philosophically.” Payton added, “It’s hard to win in this league and it’s certainly harder to win in this league when there are internal issues before you even get there plays against an opponent.”



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