BRONCOS

The hiring of Sean Payton would be doubling down on Russell Wilson

Jan 25, 2023, 11:00 AM
Sean Payton...
(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

In a desperate attempt to return to relevance, the Broncos are ready to overpay for an aging star that hasn’t been to a Super Bowl in nearly a decade. No, this isn’t an article from last year about the Broncos trading for Russell Wilson. Instead, it’s about getting back on that horse.

Almost a year after making what some consider the worst trade in NFL history, the Broncos are flirting with doubling down and doing the same thing again this offseason. The conversation a year ago was eerily similar to that of today.

Don’t go after the rookie; we’ve been down that road and got burned. Get a proven commodity and one that has experience and championship DNA.

Last season, it was getting the QB position right and trading for Russell Wilson. This year, it’s getting the head coach right and trading for Sean Payton.

We all know how that trade for Wilson ended up aging and it wasn’t pretty. Much like the Russell Wilson trade and contact extension, the Broncos would be simultaneously giving up premier draft assets and financially tying themselves to Payton for the foreseeable future.

History has not fared well for former Super Bowl champion quarterbacks winning another title with a new team until Peyton Manning and Tom Brady broke that trend. That barrier still exists in coaching, as no coach has ever won a championship with two different franchises.

Will Sean Payton and Russell Wilson be the duo to get over that obstacle? Broncos ownership seems to think so.

While the price tag for Payton is lower than that of Wilson, reports are that it will still take a first-round pick and possibly two first-round picks to get the deal done. All this along with a record-setting contract for Payton.

Sound familiar? In the wise words of Yogi Berra, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

Is Broncos new ownership willing to double down after swinging and missing on their last big bet? That’s a big gamble.

***

Broncos

Sean Desai...
Andrew Mason

With Brian Flores out of mix, Broncos’ focus turns to Sean Desai

With Brian Flores taking the Vikings’ defensive-coordinator job, current Seahawks assistant Sean Desai appears to be set to join Sean Payton’s staff.
1 day ago
Sean Payton...
Cecil Lammey

Orange and Blue Today – February 6, 2023

In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Andrew Mason break down the latest news and notes for the Denver Broncos. Follow @CecilLammey
1 day ago
Greg Penner...
Will Petersen

Both Greg Penner and George Paton deny Broncos wanted DeMeco Ryans

Sean Payton joked he was talking with Penner and Paton all along, and Ryans must've been communicating with Broncos part-owner Sir Lewis Hamilton
1 day ago
Sean Payton...
Andrew Mason

Details, toning down social media and hating your rivals: Sean Payton said exactly what Broncos Country needed to hear

Sean Payton vowed to focus on the details -- including getting the plays in on time. "I don’t anticipate having the crowd count down a play clock," he said.
1 day ago
Sean Payton...
Will Petersen

Payton speaks on how he’ll use Wilson’s strengths, brings up a karaoke bar

Nathaniel Hackett was perhaps making Russell Wilson run plays he didn't want to or wasn't prepared for; Sean Payton won't be doing that
1 day ago
Drew Brees and Zach Strief...
Jake Shapiro

Broncos to hire longtime Sean Payton player to coach offensive line

Denver has their man to rebuild the Broncos upfront, Sean Payton is expected to bring in Zach Strief to coach the offensive line
1 day ago
The hiring of Sean Payton would be doubling down on Russell Wilson