Saints coach Payton: Team not looking to bring in Manziel

Saints coach Payton: Team not looking to bring in Manziel

Saints coach Payton: Team not looking to bring in Manziel

While the New Orleans Saints remain interested in Patriots cornerback and 2015 Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, an offer sheet for him probably isn't coming. Manziel and coach Sean Payton reportedly met during Super Bowl week last month to discuss a potential return to football, but nothing has really come of the sit-down. But the only way such a trade can happen is if Butler signs his RFA tender with the Patriots first.

Payton also added that all this trade talk was speculation - even though the Saints have reportedly hosted Butler at their facility for talks. "Currently, it is my understanding he hasn't signed his tender, so it was just that we could sign him to an offer sheet, but I don't think we are going to do that and give up the 11th [overall] pick".

"It was just a chance for me to visit with him", Payton told DeShazier.

"We have the technology", Payton said. It was an informative meeting for me just to know the player.

The Brandin Cooks trade to New England - the Saints traded Cooks and their fourth-round pick (No. 118 overall) for New England's first-rounder (No. 32) and third-rounder (No. 103), giving the Saints five picks in the first three rounds - Payton reiterated, was made in an effort to help solidify the Saints' defense. The Saints aren't looking to replace Zach Strief this year at right tackle, but I think that is the plan for a year down the road. "I'm not saying that's what we're doing, but I think if it happens, there's some steps that he's going to have to take also that - just with the league - to be in a position to play".

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"We had a chance to visit with him", Payton said.

Payton told the Saints' website that the most important part of the recent visit was "getting to know this player a little bit".

In his first season as a member of the league's competition committee, Arians said he thinks the league is moving in the direction of hiring 17 full-time referees, one for each crew.

"He is a guy that we thought enough of in this process".

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