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Saints coach Payton: Team not looking to bring in Manziel

30 March 2017

"We spoke to a few teams, and we weren't in a position where we felt like we gotta make this trade or else", Payton said during the NFC coaches breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore on Wednesday morning. I think he's got decent arm strength; I think he's got a lot of work to do with some of the mechanics, protection-wise in our league. "I think it will generally be a clean, quiet no track record -probably a tryout-type of opportunity". "I think part of the report that insinuated that it was moving in that direction, I think that was false".

"Absolutely. It's in our best interest to look at every opportunity to improve our team". "Any of these players, we talk about, we look at, do they fit our culture, our locker room". "And so any of these players, we talk about. Making a decision is a different story, but the idea of going through the process and the evaluation, I think, is important for us to do".

Payton had breakfast with Manziel during Super Bowl week, but it was only a get-acquainted meeting.

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"It was good", Payton said.

"I watched his season take place being in Dallas at the time and watched, really, the team catch fire and all the things he did at A&M, and of course, I've followed his career". Payton said the Saints will not give Butler an offer sheet, which would potentially force them to give New England the 11th pick of the upcoming draft, but he did not rule out trying to acquire Butler in the future via a trade.

Since Butler is a restricted free agent, the Saints would be required to send the No. 11 pick in the draft to the New England Patriots if they sign Butler to an offer sheet and the Patriots don't match it. The teams also swapped mid-round pick in the deal, with the Saints receiving a Patriots third-rounder (No. 108) and New England landing a fourth-rounder (No. 116) from New Orleans. "Currently, it's my understanding he hasn't signed his tender, so it was just that". That's what makes the premise of signing him to an offer sheet so hard to grasp. "In fact, I know we're not gonna do that". "We've just hit this first phase of free agency, we're working on the draft and we feel like it's a pretty deep draft and we have a number of picks, so we feel like we can help ourselves there and yet, we're always looking. I don't think any of those are in question right now". Payton did not dismiss that possibility, calling it "just speculation".

Saints coach Payton: Team not looking to bring in Manziel