Denver needs a new head coach after firing Nathaniel Hackett, who lasted just one season with the Broncos.
The Saints still own the rights to Payton, so if the Broncos want to hire him, they’ll have to come to an agreement with New Orleans on compensation.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport said this week that Denver and New Orleans have had conversations centered around Payton and appear to be on the same page when it comes to compensation.
If Payton ends up being hired by the Broncos — and that’s far from a certainty — there’s a perfect offensive coordinator that he could bring with him to Denver.
Payton could (and should) bring Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach Joe Brady along as his playcaller.
Brady, who became nationally known after helping turn Joe Burrow into a mega superstar at LSU, is an innovative playcaller who could help Russell Wilson get his career back on track.
The former LSU passing game coordinator was an offensive assistant with the Saints in 2018. Payton didn’t want to lose Brady to LSU after the 2018 season. In fact, Payton even told Brady he was making a mistake.
Brady landed a job as the Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator in 2020 under Matt Rhule, but he was fired midway through the 2021 season. That shouldn’t be a red flag on Brady — Rhule was a disaster in Carolina and no one succeeded under his watch.
Denver needs someone who can insert some life into the Broncos’ offense. Brady, someone who is considered a master of RPOs and a vertical passing game, could certainly be that guy.
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