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Sean Payton: Saints want mid-late first-rounder

Jan 25, 2022; Metairie, LA, USA;  New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks during a press conference at Ochsner Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports

Former New Orleans coach Sean Payton said Monday that the price for an NFL team to hire him in this cycle would likely be a mid-to-late first-round draft pick.

Payton made the comments on “The Herd” talk show with host Colin Cowherd on Monday.

“Mickey Loomis and I have talked already about it. I think ultimately the compensation for the Saints will be a mid or later first-round pick,” Payton said on the show.

Loomis. the Saints’ general manager, has informed teams what the compensation would be for Payton, whose contract with the Saints expires at the conclusion of the 2024 season. However, that compensation hadn’t been made public.

Payton, 59, stepped aside as head coach of the Saints last January after 15 seasons.

The Cardinals, Texans and Denver Broncos are teams who have all sought permission to speak with Payton about their respective head-coaching positions. Payton also told Cowherd that he’ll speak with Panthers owner David Tepper in Carolina later this week. Talks can’t begin with Payton until Tuesday.

Payton had a 152-89 record with the Saints and led them to a win in Super Bowl XLIV following the 2009 season, the only championship in franchise history.

–Field Level Media