Salguero admits that this would be a costly move for the Dolphins. A high-ranking Dolphins official previously told Salguero that it would likely cost a team two third-round picks for any team to land Payton in trade, and that’s assuming that New Orleans is willing to move on from the best coach in team history.
If the Saints give the Dolphins the impression they’re willing to make Payton available for trade, Salguero mentions that Miami should approach him a deal, but only with the understanding Brees would be added to the mix.
As for compensation for Payton and Brees, Salguero suggests the Dolphins could offer the Saints their 2016 and 2017 first-round picks along with QB Ryan Tannehill.
The inclusion of Tannehill in the proposal is interesting, considering that the Dolphins signed him to a six-year, $95.272 million contract earlier in the year. However, Tannehill’s 2015 season hasn’t been enough to convince them he’s their long-term solution at the position.
The Saints will face a tough decision with Brees, who has a massive cap figure to deal with next year. Many seem to think the Saints will ultimately sign him to an extension that will help to spread out the cap hit.
Payton is under contract through the 2017 season, and makes $8 million per year with this agreement. However, reports have said that Payton’s contract will not deter teams from approaching the Saints about a potential deal.
Payton, 51, has lead the Saints to a record of 84-53 (61.3 percent) including their only Super Bowl title over the course of eight-plus seasons in New Orleans.
We’ll have more regarding Payton’s future with either the Saints or other NFL teams as the news is available.