The hiring comes after Denver fired Nathaniel Hackett after 15 games in his first season.
The Broncos and Saints have finalized a deal to land Sean Payton in Denver as their new coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter . Payton retired after the 2021 season and was still under contract with New Orleans.
Per ESPN , the Saints will send their third-round pick in 2024 and Payton to the Broncos in exchange for Denver’s ’23 first-round pick and next year’s second-round pick.
Payton will take over the role after Nathaniel Hackett was fired 15 games into his first season. Hackett led the team to a 4–11 record during that span.
Senior assistant coach Jerry Rosburg was named the interim coach for the final two games. The Broncos finished last in the AFC West with a 5–12 record, one game behind the Raiders.
The new coach will work with quarterback Russell Wilson in his second season in Denver. He was traded to the Broncos in a blockbuster trade back in March and then signed a five-year, $245 million contract extension in September.
In 15 games this season, Wilson completed 292 of 483 passes for 3,524 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
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