Saints Could Look To Trade Sean Payton

One of the biggest storylines of the past several seasons was the rumor that Saints head coach Sean Payton could be on his way out of New Orleans, possibly via trade. Those rumors were immediately quieted when Payton signed a five-year extension this March that keeps him under club control through the 2020 campaign.

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The Saints have shown flashes of improvement this year, but they now sit at 5-8 and are well out of the playoff picture. That reality, coupled with very public ownership issues and the sudden decline of Drew Brees over the past few weeks, has led to renewed trade rumors regarding Payton. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, citing league sources, the Saints would consider dealing Payton after the season, and they would not require especially hefty compensation to move him.

As La Canfora writes, “Moving Payton’s contract would free up about $40MM at a time when owner Tom Benson‘s health and the future of ownership is in question, and that money, along with the $25MM in cash/cap savings that would occur whenever Brees departs, would go a long way to providing an influx of means to rebuild this team.”

The 38-year-old Brees has one year left on his contract, but it could be difficult to work out another one-year extension given his recent struggles. After a terrific start to the 2016 campaign, Brees has thrown nine touchdowns to nine interceptions in New Orleans’ last five games, four of them losses. The franchise may feel that it is time to move on from their two former saviors, adding much-needed draft picks and cash flow in the process.

Despite the fact that the Saints have not posted a winning record since 2013, Payton’s stock as a head coach has not fallen very much, if at all. Any team that acquires him would rightfully view the move as a major success, particularly if, as La Canfora suggests, that team does not have to give up much to get him. The Colts, Rams, and Chargers are all possible landing spots for Payton, who is a California native and for whom a California coaching job could have particular appeal.

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15 comments on “Saints Could Look To Trade Sean Payton

  1. bigjonliljon

    Rams could step in here. They need a splash

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    • he doesn’t want that job.. no smart NFL coach would.. Stan kroenke is a loser of an owner.. all his sport teams suck

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  2. Kia Sportage Off-roader

    Um, good luck. What has he done lately? Nothing. I don’t think he’d be a hot candidate if he were fired. He’s benefitted greatly from Brees. He won 1 SB and that’s great, but it’s been a while. He knows that his legacy is tied to Brees’ and when Brees hangs it up (could and should be soon) he will likely look to flee. But there’s nothing he’s done to think other teams would actually trade a pick or picks for him.

    To do something like this, you would either have to have sustained success (Belichick, either Harbaugh bro, Tomlin, etc.) or a history of fast success in multiple places (Jim Harbaugh). Payton doesn’t fit either category. Plus he would want way more money than a 1st time HC.

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    • RedBirdsSwaff

      Colts baby!

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      • Loren J Ronzheimer

        The Bears could be a landing place for Payton. He is from
        Naperville,Il.
        Fox rumored too be replaced after this season if not before. Sadly no franchise QB on board to build on for the coming seasons.
        Jim Bob Cooter rumored to get the HC job however. Wonder if Cooter is related to the Waltons ?

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        • Kia Sportage Off-roader

          The bar is pretty low if a franchise has to trade a pick or more, pay Payton’s desired contract, and then receive the results he will bring. I don’t understand why he’s considered impressive by some. The more I read about him and his HC record, drafting/trades (although he isn’t the GM), player development – I am not impressed one bit.

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      • RockHard

        That would be a great fit imo

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        • RockHard

          Indy

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  3. J.M. Hall

    Bears fire Foxy, trade for Payton?

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  4. Maybe trading for a coach would be the only way for the Rams to get a decent HC. Wonder if his contract has a no-trade clause?

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  5. sbrown285

    New York Knicks should trade for Payton and give the Saints Phil Jackson straight up

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    • edawg1512

      Agreed hahahaha

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  6. oldleftylong

    Seventh round draft pick?

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  7. jvincitore11

    I give the saints all our draft picks to take Balke and Jed York and we acquire Payton and send chip Kelly on his way! Absolute worst franchise in the NFL right now!

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    • Deez nuts

      Agreed

      PS THE 49ERS SUCK ASS

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