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Russell Wilson contacts potential head coach as Denver Broncos rumors heat up

Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos are in the process of hiring a new head coach to replace the ill-fated Nathaniel Hackett in that role.

Hackett was fired after less than one full season, proving to be in way over his head in that role. As for Denver, it’s coming off a disastous 5-12 season and must find someone who works well with Wilson moving forward.

This is one of the many reasons Denver has been linked to former New Orleans Saints Super Bowl-winning head coach Sean Payton. An interview already took place between Payton and the Broncos’ brass in Southern California earlier this week. Something could end up coming to fruition after Jim Harbaugh spurned the Broncos and other NFL teams en route to returning to Michigan.

According to this report from Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports, Wilson wants to ride with Payton moving forward. In fact, said report suggests that the future Hall of Fame quarterback has already reached out to Payton to make his feelings known.

Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos
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The Denver Broncos received permission from New Orleans to speak with Payton earlier this month. That came after the two sides came to some type of agreement on what the compensation would be for the highly-respected head coach if he were to land in Mile High. Remember, Payton remains under contract with the Saints despite sitting out last season. Right now, the asking price is said to be a first-round pick.

As for Russell Wilson, he’s coming off a disastrous first season in Denver after being acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Seattle Seahawks last spring. The 33-year-old signal caller threw just 16 touchdowns against 11 interceptions en route to leading the NFL’s 32nd-ranked scoring offense.

The hope here is that Denver bringing in someone of Sean Payton’s ilk could help turn things around. Wilson is apparently all for that idea.