The Denver Broncos officially introduced new head coach Sean Payton as the team’s head coach yesterday. With a new era underway in Denver, there has already been plenty of talk about what will happen during the offseason.
The franchise is clearly confident in his ability to lead them as they traded an expensive draft cap to the New Orleans Saints to acquire him. The Broncos sent their 2023 first-round pick and a 2024 second-round pick to New Orleans in exchange for Payton and a 2024 third-round pick.
Denver also awarded Sean Payton a five-year contract rumored to be worth around $17-18 million per year.
With those metrics in mind, analyst and former NFL cornerback Domonique Foxworth sees Payton’s team moving forward. He thinks Payton could even replace Wilson if he doesn’t buy into Payton’s system. Here’s what Foxworth had to say on ESPN’s “Get Up.”
“It seems clear to me that the money that we’ve realized they’re paying him and bringing him in is now his team. It looks like he’s going to lead the organization in a way that I think we all went into this thinking you better find someone to bring Russell Wilson out the best.
“Sean seems to have given the impression that he’s going to run this program, the way he’s running it. If Russell fits in, then it’s going to work. If not, we’re going to have to wait for this restriction to run out and find someone new to would bring into that system.”
Sean Payton said Russell Wilson won’t have his staff in Denver with him as head coach
Big moves in the off-season are becoming a theme for the Broncos as they also bought Russell Wilson last year at a big cost. They sent two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick and three players to the Seattle Seahawks.
Wilson was allowed plenty of input on how the team was run last season with Nathaniel Hackett as head coach. The same cannot be said for Sean Payton.
When the Denver media asked Payton if Wilson would have his own personal staff, he said it wasn’t going to happen:
“It’s foreign to me. That won’t happen here. I’m not familiar with it, but our staff will be here, our players will be here and that will be it.”
If Wilson doesn’t buy into the system and improve his game on the field, then Denver could consider moving on from him. How they would do that is a bit confusing at this point, since they gave Wilson a big contract extension shortly after acquiring him from Seattle.
Denver gave him a five-year, $242,588,236 extension that runs through the 2028 season. Getting another team to pick up that contract would be challenging, to say the least.
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