Saints News: Former draft pick leaves and more landing spots for Sean Payton

Leigh Oleszczak
Divisional Round - Philadelphia Eagles v New Orleans Saints
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In Saints news, former sixth-round draft pick Jordan Jackson has a new home. Also in Saints news, more teams have requested permission from the New Orleans Saints to interview Sean Payton.

Jackson was a sixth-round pick by the Saints not even a year ago and spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad. It's surprising that NOLA let him go considering their lack of depth on the defensive line but they obviously weren't impressed by the Air Force product. Jackson is now a member of the Broncos.

As for Payton, the Cardinals and Texans have requested permission to interview him. Both teams have top three picks in the draft and it's doubtful NOLA would be able to get that high of a pick for him but they should certainly try.

Here's what's trending in Saints news.

2022 Saints draft pick Jordan Jackson signs with the Broncos [John Sigler, Saints Wire]

"It’s a bit surprising given the only defensive tackle the Saints have under contract for 2023 is Prince Emili, who joined Jackson on the practice squad last season. It shouldn’t be hard for New Orleans to re-sign free agents like Shy Tuttle, Kentavius Street, and Malcolm Roach, and they should be able to cut a deal with veteran starter David Onyemata, but that group didn’t perform very well anyway."

Sigler

I definitely agree with Sigler here. The Saints did not get great production out of their d-line in 2022 and they never even gave Jackson a chance to prove himself. If he goes on to do good things with the Broncos, fans will be understandably frustrated.

Cardinals, Texans receive permission to interview former Saints head coach Sean Payton [Nick Shook, NFL.com]

The Cardinals have a potential star quarterback but otherwise have a lot of work to do with their roster. Payton would love having Kyler Murray at his disposal but can we really see him in Arizona? The Texans have been a disaster since going up 28-0 against the Chiefs in the divisional round three years ago. Payton would have the quarterback of his choosing and he'd be in a weak division.

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7 free-agent or trade candidate quarterbacks for the Saints in 2023 [Who Dat Dish]

I wrote this up the other day and it includes a few fun names and some more realistic ones. The Saints need a quarterback for 2023 but don't have a first-round pick.

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