Saints shut down Dolphins’ pursuit of Sean Payton with 2-word answer
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.
Chris Grier said Dolphins did look into Sean Payton this cycle before he retired, but Saints did not grant permission to talk. He said there were never conversations with Jim Harbaugh.
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) March 2, 2022
Saints assistant GM apparently told the Dolphins “don’t bother.”
When inquiring about possibly hiring Sean Payton, the Dolphins called Saints assistant G.M. (and former Miami G.M.) Jeff Ireland, who told Miami, "Don't bother." https://t.co/IHMg9sfWxG
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 2, 2022
Payton ended up stepping away from football and has interest in a possible TV job.
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