Broncos possession to be ‘extremely aggressive’ in HC hiring

The Denver Broncos’ possession group, which made the choice to fireplace Nathaniel Hackett this previous week, is anticipated to be “ultra aggressive” in doing no matter it takes to land the head-coaching candidate it desires, league sources advised ESPN.

Whereas there’s a wage cap on gamers, there isn’t a wage cap on what house owners can spend on a head coach, their employees and the remainder of the group — and the Walton-Penner group that bought the Broncos final summer season is just not anticipated to spare any expense or lower any corners in its effort to improve the franchise.

The Walton-Penner group, decided to purchase the Broncos franchise final offseason, paid a file value of $4.65 billion and is anticipated to make use of that very same vitality and willpower to land a brand new coach.

Probably the most high-profile candidate is former Saints head coach Sean Payton, who will command one of many league’s richest head-coaching contracts. The Saints additionally will obtain draft-pick compensation from the workforce that hires Payton.

The Saints by no means have publicly recognized what they’d need in return for Payton, however league sources know New Orleans has saved shut tabs on what different franchises acquired for different prime teaching candidates.

The Raiders acquired two first-round picks, two second-round picks and $8 million from the Buccaneers in alternate for Jon Gruden. The Jets acquired a first-round decide, a fourth-round decide and a seventh-round decide from the Patriots in alternate for a fifth-round decide, a seventh-round decide and Invoice Belichick.

The Patriots additionally as soon as acquired a first-, second-, third- and fourth-round decide, in addition to $300,000 donated to charity, from the Jets in alternate for Invoice Parcells.

The Saints imagine Payton, who went 152-89 in 16 seasons with New Orleans and led the Saints to the one Tremendous Bowl championship in franchise historical past, is value what different nice coaches have been valued at after which some.

Denver, in the meantime, has its personal short-term challenges, with interim head coach Jerry Rosburg taking up and dealing with the Chiefs in his first sport in his new position. The Chiefs are 14-0 in opposition to the Broncos since November 2015, with a mean margin of victory of 11.9 factors per sport, and Patrick Mahomes has received all 10 of his begins in opposition to Denver.

The Broncos fired Hackett this previous Monday after falling to 4-11, abruptly ending the shortest tenure of any noninterim head coach in franchise historical past. The Walton-Penner Group — led by Walmart inheritor Rob Walton, daughter Carrie Walton Penner and son-in-law Greg Penner — rapidly ran out of persistence with a workforce that had one of many league’s finest defenses however an offense that averaged simply 15.5 factors per sport.