Sean Payton remains one of the most in-demand names for the NFL coaching job this offseason. On the same day he confirmed receiving interest in three different teams — the Broncos — texas And the Panthers — it was reported Monday night that he had given an interview.
Payton completed the interview with Houston, According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. ESPN’s Adam Schefter also reported the news Payton’s meeting with the team.The Cardinals also reportedly requested an interview, though Payton appeared on Monday The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
Payton’s contract expires in 2024, which means a deal with the Saints is critical to his hiring. A trade to stop him could look like a “mid or late first-round pick,” the former New Orleans coach speculated. Houston has the Nos. 2 and 12 picks, Carolina has the No. 9 pick, and Denver has the 49ers’ first-round pick projected to fall in the late 20s.
The Texans parted ways with Lovie Smith after finishing 3-13-1 after just one season, including a comeback win in Week 18 that cost the team the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft.