Chris Grier confirms that the Dolphins called the Saints about Sean Payton

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Yes, the Dolphins called the Saints about Sean Payton.

We reported it on Monday. Miami G.M. Chris Grier confirmed it on Wednesday.

Via Marcel Louis-Jacques of, Grier said that the team did indeed call the Saints for permission to speak to Payton. The Saints, as Grier confirmed, declined to grant such permission.

The call was made, per PFT reporting, to assistant G.M. Jeff Ireland, who previously worked as G.M. of the Dolphins. Ireland spoke to Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis, before relaying this message to the Dolphins: “Don’t bother.”

As to the report that the Dolphins also had planned to target Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, Grier simply said that he had “no conversations” about Brady. Others did; Dolphins sources told PFT that the team had internal conversations about adding Brady as a minority owner.

8 responses to “Chris Grier confirms that the Dolphins called the Saints about Sean Payton

  1. desperate teams do desperate things making themselves look….desperate…

  2. Now answer the question – were there internal conversations about tanking?

  3. So…why is this a big deal. A hall of fame coach might have been available. They followed the proper channels to see if he was. He wasn’t. Moving on

  4. Why wouldn’t they call about Payton? He’s a good coach with offensive expertise, something the Dolphins didn’t have.

  5. That’s a far cry from initially making it sound like Sean Peyton was considering going to the dolphins. It will boil down to the same type thing about Peyton and dallas when the truth is told.

  6. The Saints, I would guess, would happily take some picks off the Dolphins hands for his rights. They wont play the Dolphins foe quite a while and he would be out of conference. Unless…they figure they can lure him back if Allen doesn’t do well or they can fleece Jerry in 11 months.

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