Shanle: How many Saints coaches, players join Sean Payton with Broncos?


Former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is now with the Broncos and Russell Wilson, but will that be the end of the names shipping out west?

Former Saints linebacker Scott Shanle joined SportsTalk this week to talk about the blockbuster trade, and he fully expects more names to follow, if Payton gets his way.

“I think that’s the one thing that you start thinking about is what assistant coaches with the Saints could end up being in Denver," Shanle said. "Players, there’s going to be a lot of players that he’s going to inquire with Mickey about bringing to Denver and there could be more draft compensation on the way.”

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Shanle spent 6 seasons as a player under Payton and was a member of the Super Bowl champion squad. He retired after the 2012 season.

The good news for the Saints is that for that to happen, with the exception of coaches being elevated into coordinator roles, it'd take even more compensation for that to happen.

One name that could be interesting to watch is that of Kris Richard, who parted ways with the Saints this week in somewhat of a surprise move. That means both co-defensive coordinators are out of town from last season with Ryan Nielsen landing the DC role with the Falcons. Another could be that of Ronald Curry, who is currently the Saints QBs coach but has been fielding at least one interview for a vacant offensive coordinator role.

GM Mickey Loomis had previously indicated he'd block any lateral moves of Saints coaches under contract in terms of moving to Payton's new staff.

And for the Broncos, the signal is clear, they are all-in. That's why you'd make the trade for Payton in the first place, and they likely won't stop there when it comes to getting Payton the staff and roster he needs to finish building a contender out in Denver.

“I think when you’re a Denver Broncos owner and you sit there and you watch Patrick Mahomes and you watch the Chiefs go to another Super Bowl," Shanle said, "you sit there saying: Why are we not going out and getting the best?”

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