Schefter: “I would be floored” if Saints get two first-rounders for Sean Payton

Jan 19, 2023, 10:00 AM | Updated: 10:00 am

A report surfaced on Wednesday night that the New Orleans Saints want not one, but two first-round picks in a trade for head coach Sean Payton.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined “Schlereth and Evans” on 104.3 The Fan on Thursday morning and was asked about this development. Schefter said New Orleans GM Mickey Loomis can ask for whatever he wants, but what he’ll actually receive in return is a different story.

“What I would say to that is this: he could say he’s looking for ten first-round picks. It doesn’t matter, okay. It’s going to be, in the end, I believe it’s going to be a first-round pick and then maybe some change depending on where he goes and what’s negotiated,” Schefter said.

That’s consistent with what NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported from the start. The consensus is a first-round pick for Payton and a little something extra. Two of them seems steep. And as Schefter points out, Payton will actually be trading for himself when this is all said and done.

“And, let’s also be honest. You know who Mickey’s going to be negotiating that trade with? Sean is going to do the trade for Sean, when he has a new team. Sean is not going to be of the mind that it’s good for him to go trade his next two first-round draft picks. With all due respect, I would be floored if they got two ones for him,” Schefter said.

That’s kind of a quirky concept, but it makes sense. Why would Payton decimate his new team just to acquire himself? Schefter makes some great points, and ones that seem to debunk the report out of New Orleans from last night.

To listen to his full interview on “Schlereth and Evans,” click here.



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