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Saints shut down Dolphins’ pursuit of Sean Payton with 2-word answer

Sean Payton on the sideline

The Miami Dolphins made a run at hiring Sean Payton away from the New Orleans Saints, but their efforts were denied.

Speaking with reporters from the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier confirmed a rumor that the team had interest in Payton.

Grier says the Dolphins checked with the Saints for permission to talk with Payton prior to the coach stepping away.

Saints assistant GM apparently told the Dolphins “don’t bother.”

Payton ended up stepping away from football and has interest in a possible TV job.

Miami’s interest in Payton came as part of a rumored 2-part master plan that also involved Tom Brady. Grier denied having contact with Brady, who retired last month.

Photo: Aug 23, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks on during the second half against Jacksonville Jaguars at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

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