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Colts could not get a deal done for Saints’ Payton

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On January 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm EST

According to Jason La Canfora, the Indianapolis Colts were interested in acquiring New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. The Colts could not agree to a deal.

Payton reportedly was on the trading block before he fired five assistants and kept his job for one more season. He has been the Saints head coach since the 2006 season.

The 55-year-old has a 94-66 record with the team.

The Colts also reportedly considered trading for Payton following the 2015 season. This off-season, the Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers were interested in acquiring Payton, besides the Colts.

The Colts fired their general manager Ryan Grigson on Saturday after five-years with the team. Owner Jim Irsay said head coach Chuck Pagano — who had a fractured relationship with Grigson — will stay on for at least the 2017 season.

La Confora also mentioned that had Payton got the Colts job, he would have brought Jeff Ireland, a Saints executive, with him. Ireland has previous general manager experience as he was the Miami Dolphins GM from 2008 to 2013.

With Grigson out of the picture, the team has named Jimmy Raye III, their VP of Football Operations, as their new interim GM.

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