Longtime New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows the offensive-minded Sean Payton as well as anyone. And it’s why Brees believes the Denver Broncos reported hiring of Payton as the next head coach serves as a great development for veteran signal-caller Russell Wilson.
The Broncos reportedly agreed to a trade package with the Saints in order to gain the rights to Payton. Payton was under contract with the Saints after departing New Orleans following the 2021 season.
“To me, this is set up to be Russell Wilson’s prime,” Brees told ESPN’s Ed Werder, “especially with Sean Payton and a system that’s going to be built around him.
“This is a great opportunity for Russell Wilson,” Brees added.
Payton replaces Nathaniel Hackett as head coach. Hackett went 5-12 in his first year with the Broncos and was fired less than one year after being hired. The offensive-minded Hackett guided the Broncos to a fourth-place finish in the AFC West and the league’s worst offense in points per game.
Denver awarded Wilson with $250 million after the Broncos traded the Seattle Seahawks for the quarterback last offseason.