Denver Lands Sean Payton; Saints Get First-Round Pick

January 31st, 2023

Former slimy Saints head coach Sean Payton has a new home — far, far away from the NFC South, and seemingly far from where Tom Brady would want to play.

Denver won the Chase For Payton today by hiring him as head coach, which required Denver to send the Saints a 2023 first-round pick (No. 30 overall) and a 2024 second-round pick; New Orleans coughed a 2024 third-round pick back to Denver as part of the deal. Payton was still under contract in New Orleans, hence the compensation.

For those wondering, that No. 30 pick is the only Saints selection in Round 1 this season. They had already traded away theirs to the Eagles. (Yes, the rich get richer.)

Payton had interviewed with Carolina (they hired Frank Reich) and potentially was a big longshot to land in Miami and Tampa, given his shady history with Tom Brady.

Now he gets to play in the AFC West with Russell Wilson and the $100 million-plus still owed him.

Joe likes when Payton is nowhere near the Bucs.

59 Responses to “Denver Lands Sean Payton; Saints Get First-Round Pick”

  1. NEfan Says:

    Denver really? Did anyone tell him it gets cold in Denver?

  2. Your Mom Says:

    It will be fun to see what he can do with Russell Wilson, if anything, given how Brees flourished under his stewardship.

  3. Leopold Stotch Says:


  4. Your Mom Says:

    I’m reminded of the line in the Godfather, “Good luck to you. Especially since your interests don’t conflict with mine.”

  5. Lokog Says:

    Oh well as long as todd monken goes anywhere but tampa

  6. Jack Clark Says:

    Russel Wilson always looked up to Drew Brees because they’re both 5’10 tall quarterbacks and now he gets to be coached by the same man who made his idol a Legend. Great story

  7. Jerseybuc Says:

    If Bucs couldn’t get him get his ass away from the NFC another reason 12 should stay in Tampa if he wants to keep playing

  8. HC Grover Says:

    No worries we have Todd Bowles to save the day.

  9. McBucky Says:

    It gets better and better and better…
    Brady looks like a shoe in for the 49er’s…
    Payton’s off the market
    Nobody really wants to be an OC here…
    We have a number of players up for free agency…

  10. SKBucsFan Says:

    Does Denver even have a first round pick to give up in the next few drafts. They gave the farm away for a mediocre QB.

  11. D-Rok Says:

    Well, in a few years all us NFL fans will get to see just how good Payton really is. I would never work for Walmart….ughh. LOL!

  12. Marine Buc Says:

    That 1st round pick was from the B. Chubb trade…

    So Denver traded B. Chubb and a 2nd round pick in 2024 for Sean Payton?

    If he can design an offense to make their Wilson trade work he will be well worth the price.

  13. Marine Buc Says:

    Plus they got a 3rd round pick coming back…

  14. ColBucFan Says:

    Called it

  15. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    I guess I have to hate Denver now. F Sean Peyton’s bit¢h azz.

  16. ANONYMOUS Says:

    While Monken was here before he was pretty much the OC in name only. Koetter was calling the plays. Koetter WAS the OC before his promotion to head coach after all and much like and just like Bowles he (Koetter) would not let anyone else do the job. For Better or Worse…. So it’s hard to judge Monken based on his original time here.

    With that said, Monken has been Rocking IT in Georgia! “CLEARLY”
    I’m willing to give him a go again and now that Moore is off the table he is looking like a Very Strong pick up. “IF” he would even consider it. The bank vault will have to be opened to get anyone, anywhere, to even sort of consider it.

    We have Trask to offer fellows. I’m willing to give Trask a go. The upside with him is that most already consider him a bust so if he shows up and shows out EVERYBODY Wins. If he doesn’t there won’t be a giant surprise there.
    I mean COME ON! We are screwed 10 ways to Sunday and a MIRACLE IS REQUIRED with a BANK VAULT of money along with tongue in cheek promises to be considered by anybody other than some unproven kid. Then again, hey unproven kids have surprised before. (Looking for a silver lining there)

    The only reason I don’t bring up Tom is because chances “seem” WELL BELOW 50% that he’ll come back and even if he does we don’t know what we’re gonna get from Tom. Another miracle year? Or has father time finally done it? Was he hurt or just more nervous than me during a doctor visit concerning heart surgery?

    We just don’t know and the Nebulous Unknown is a dark and scary place. It would be a TRUE BLESSING to get a light in this dark OC and the man from Georgia might just be that lighthouse with a lightning rod attached.

    Let’s get REAL for a moment. What do we have to lose at this point with his current track record? I’m guessing NOTHING….
    On the flip side what do we have to gain? Could be EVERYTHING! (If we’re not trying to tank that is….)

    GO BUCS!

  17. BucFanForever Says:

    I doubt Brady would want to end his career in the same place as Manning

  18. richbucsfan Says:

    Not sure why the Bucs passed on Payton. With Bowles, his past is a key predictor of his future. Solid DC, terrible HC.

  19. jack sparrow Says:

    They give too much credit to Sean Payton. Look what he did to Jaymiss Winston, nothing. LOL !!!

  20. unbelievable Says:

    I don’t see how Russell doesn’t continue dragging that team down for the next few years, EVEN if Payton can make him productive again. Such a massive contract for 1 position… not to mention all the draft capital they gave up for both of them…

  21. BucsfanFred Says:

    He’s stepping into a hornets nest.

  22. Thadeus Says:

    Well I can certainly see The GOAT going to Denver. They desperately need a QB and Tom is still one of the elite. And he would have NWFL ( National WOKE Football League ) caliber coaching again after the disaster “Progressive” experiment last season in Tampa.

  23. BucsfanFred Says:

    I’d always liked the Bronks until they signed Wilson. Wilson strikes me a lot like Geno Hayes. I total me-first greedy narsasist.

  24. gp Says:

    Just glad that that little bit of speculation is off the table.
    Beyond that…Meh.

  25. Goatfarmer Says:

    Good. Justin Herbert better expect a bounty on his head. Watch out Mahomes, this a-hole plays to injure you.

  26. mark2001 Says:

    So… would Monken rather coach with Harbaugh in Baltimore, with Bowles in Tampa, or stay at Georgia? Id rather coach with Harbaugh or stay at Georgia. But maybe the Bucs are willing to throw so much money and give him a guaranteed contract, that if Bowles gets canned next year along with the rest of his staff, Monken can afford to take up writing music or painting the rest of his life. Will be interesting.

  27. ModHairKen Says:

    Ok, Payton is no longer in play.

  28. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Walmart must have plenty of money.

  29. MadMax Says:

    All good.

    I hope we just roll, barely churning anything, TB loses interest, and we can set up for a tank year (well, wont be much of a tanl. we’ll earn it honestly)

    3 years of suck headed our way, then after Blowes is gone and some good draft picks, we’ll start trending up.

    LT Duncan or CB Cam Smith with our 1st at 19 please….and NO Mr. Licht, no trading down!

  30. SB~LV Says:

    When does Jason get back from vacation? I don’t recall him making a statement after the season.

  31. Ed Kerber Says:

    If anybody thought the Bucs could get Sean from
    The Saints and play Nee Orleans twice a year, you are NUTS!!

  32. Redeemer Says:

    Surprised by this move. Did anyone tell him Wilson is washed like Brady? Lol. I’m sure he can bring some calm to that tire fire. Good defense and enough to work with on offense. Brady isnt going to Denver. The cap implications of dumping Wilson are astronomical. The compensation was a little more than I expected. Anyone who wouldn’t want Peyton is dumb. The man took a noodle armed QB to the verge of an AFC title game. Remember, the saints were beating the pants off us until cooks fumbled.

  33. Redeemer Says:

    NFC sorry

  34. 1buc4u Says:

    Guys he was wearing a orange tie and cufflings on the Sunday NFL show this past weekend. Come On !!!!!!!!!!!! He all ready had the deal

  35. Redeemer Says:

    Monken uses a ton of pro spread. It’s a drop back offense essentially. If the guy can scheme it up, I say let’s run it back one more time. Kinda like a junkie looking for one last fix. He’s miles better than failed leftnut. My juices are flowing now and just because I drank my supper. Brother D-Rok, where you at on this critical juncture.

  36. Dooley Says:

    Good luck trying to pry the AFC West title from Andy Reid & The Chiefs, they’ve gone on quite the run these last few years

  37. Max Says:

    I think he’ll have success with Wilson, same way he did with Brees: insufferable overly religious for appearances shove it in your face type of person and he’s also a short little guy

  38. mg Says:

    Best news for the bucs since the super bowl win.

  39. SB~LV Says:

    I think blindfolded Lady Liberty on Joyz big pop up ad could do a better job finding a new OC .

  40. D-Rok Says:


    I’m here bro. Just chillin’ wif the wifey, doing the sitcom/romcom circuit, cuz it pleases her.

    As for Monken, he’s light-years ahead of Leftnut. And by that I mean Monken would’ve had this offense in top-15 last year. We are comparing zombies to intelligent humans here, you realize that, right? LOL.

    Still waiting to hear about who is hired and who is signed or re-signed before I can form any opinions about 2023, buddy.

    I’m here and reading tho – holler!

    – D

  41. SED14 Says:

    I don’t know why i’m even more depressed now? I knew we didn’t have a realistic shot at Payton, but with the way the NFL dominoes are falling right now, it looks more and more like TB12 will be taking his talents to the other Bay area.

    Which leaves us with low energy no leadership Bowels, and the JV team of left over OC candidates who no one else wanted. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I loved being relevant the past 3 years and I loved the energy at Ray Jay every week (well mostly every week besides this season). Say what you want about TB12, but I appreciated what he did for us as a franchise and fan base and it’s gonna be such a different vibe in the stadium next season. Sigh….

  42. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Payton is a tad overrated if you ask me…gagged away multiple playoff games trying to get cute and lucked into a Super Bowl win when Hank Baskett soiled himself ( then turned to trannies for comfort ) and the football gods decided Sewer City deserved one after Katrina.

  43. SED14 Says:

    And no, Monken is definitely not a JV candidate OC, but there’s zero chance he pulls the trigger on coming back here under the rudderless, low energy, no leadership, no passion sinking ship Bowels.

  44. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Everyone just needs to take a deep breath.

    First, the Saints would have asked for double what they got from us for Payton.

    Second, nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, is leaning in any direction regarding Brady. Do NOT believe the media guys who are just drumming up things to talk about.

    And finally, Jason Licht, as usual, was silent during the season…but that doesn’t mean he was sitting on his hands. He’s got a plan, even if we do not know it yet.

    Appearances are not always accurate.

  45. Goatfarmer Says:

    The appearance of Toad’s Bowels on the Bucs’ sideline nauseates me. That is what it appears.

  46. sasquatch Says:

    ModHairKen Says:
    January 31st, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    Ok, Payton is no longer in play.

    He never was in play for the Bucs. Bowles is coming back in 2023 and that has been clear since the day after the Dallas game.

  47. adam from ny Says:

    the bucs are still in a holding position of sorts…waiting with the lights on…

    waiting for tommy b to say #LFG

  48. EEK Says:

    it would be hard to imagine that the Glazers didn’t explore the Payton as coach option before not firing Bowles

    hopefully 2023 will not be another wasted year

  49. Go Bucs Go Says:

    There is still a chance for Brady to stay here.
    Him in creamsicle uniform would be pretty cool.

    Go Bucs!

  50. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    IMHO, it was Drew Brees that made Sean Peyton, not the other way around.
    But Russell Wilson should thrive in the West Coast Offense that Peyton will bring.
    Seattle really fleeced Denver on the Wilson Trade, and because Denver sucked last year, Seattle now gets high picks.
    Well, at least this will quiet the Brady – Sean Peyton Rumors ?

  51. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Licht has rarely had a plan, other than which way the wind blows and which office mini fridge has the Bud Light…

    You do remember who hired him right?

  52. Pickgrin Says:

    Mile High douchebag – Nice. Glad to see Payton go far far away from the Bucs

    Good luck you smug little punk – you’re gonna need it with no draft picks for the next couple years and having to play both Mahomes and Herbert twice every year.

  53. gp Says:

    Go Bucs Go Says:
    January 31st, 2023 at 9:24 pm

    There is still a chance for Brady to stay here.
    Him in creamsicle uniform would be pretty cool.

    Go Bucs!


    Strangely enough, I’d believe it if this is the deciding factor for Brady to return. I’m sure I heard him say he wanted to play in the creamsicles.

  54. steele Says:

    Russell Wilson and Ciara are ecstatic tonight. Payton should avert Wilson’s deep nosedive this past season. The Broncos and Wilson were supposed to be instant SB contenders….one of the few teams that sucked even worse than the Bucs, and an even bigger disappointment.

  55. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    But but but the Bucs should’ve gotten him in fantasy land

  56. Hodad Says:

    The Bucs didn’t pass on Payton, he passed on the Bucs. Him coming here was never an option, why don’t some Buc fans get that? Bold move by Sean, he’s going into a very tough division, and conference. Now that he’s gone, I wish him well, good coach.

  57. Bucs Dreamer Says:

    Anyone heard who the Bucs are interviewing as head coach?

  58. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Hodad Says
    “The Bucs didn’t pass on Payton, he passed on the Bucs.”

    Actually, I don’t think the Bucs even made offers, knowing the Saints would have bled them dry.

  59. Bosch Says:

    Glad he is not coming to Tampa. Good coach? Sure. Good person? Not so much.