Some fans of the Denver Broncos are convinced that acquiring coach Sean Payton is the way to ensure the team will be turned around.
Retired wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who won a Super Bowl with the Broncos and played for Payton with the New Orleans Saints, is not convinced that Payton is as important as the team’s glaring roster holes.
Could Payton help Denver? Absolutely, but it would likely take trading a first-round draft pick to the Saints in order to add the coach.
The team’s first-round pick this year could hypothetically be used to add a right tackle or guard. Is it worth forfeiting that pick for a coach? Sanders doesn’t think so.
Sanders announced his retirement from the NFL in 2022 and he now works as an analyst for NFL Network. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Saints and Buffalo Bills during a 12-year career.