By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On January 22, 2017 at 9:41 pm EST
The Indianapolis Colts are now denying a report by well-respected CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Confora. The report suggested that the Colts were interested in acquiring New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
La Confora suggested that the two sides could not reach a compensation package in return for a new head coach. It would have been tricky because they have had Chuck Pagano as their head coach for the past several years.
He suggested that Colts Chief Operating Officer Pete Ward was the point person in the discussions. However, FOX59’s Mike Chappell is not buying the report.
Ward said “ an associate of Payton’s” reached out to the Colts to gauge their interest. He adds that the team quickly told “the associate” that they were not interested in a deal.
The Colts were one of several teams that were interested in Payton. The Los Angeles Rams, the Los Angeles Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers were also interested in him.
Payton was given a pass to next season after he fired five assistant coaches, including Joe Vitt.
Had Payton went to the Colts, he would have brought Jeff Ireland, Saints executive, with him. He was previously the Miami Dolphins general manager from 2008 to 2013.
On Saturday, the Colts fired general manager Ryan Grigson after five-years with the team. He had a fractured relationship with Pagano and many of the players.
Jimmy Raye III, previously the Colts Vice President of Football Operations, has been named interim GM. He’s the front-runner for the job.
If he gets the full-time job, it would not be surprising if Pagano plays out the 2017 season. Then, the Colts move on as Raye III, of the new GM, brings in their own guy.