Saints News: Sean Payton trade compensation, Jim Harbaugh returns to Michigan

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The biggest topic in Saints news continues to be Sean Payton and where he will end up this offseason if the Saints opt to trade him. Speaking of Payton, the only other premiere head coaching candidate for this offseason, Jim Harbaugh, has decided to return to Michigan.

Payton has been very vocal during all of the rumors about him being traded this offseason and recently noted that he would absolutely coach the Texans if that's where NOLA sent him. Houston owns the No. 2 and No. 12 picks in the first round of the draft so that No. 12 pick is definitely enticing.

Harbaugh was the only other potential candidate who teams might have coveted more than Payton but now that appears out, as he's returning to coach the Wolverines.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter doesn't expect Chargers to pursue Sean Payton [John Sigler, Saints Wire]

Even with the Chargers blowing a massive lead to the Jaguars in the Wild Card round on Saturday, that organization has a reputation of being cheap. Paying Payton $20 million a year is not in their wheelhouse.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he will return in 2023 [Adam Rittenberg, ESPN]

I never really understood why Harbaugh would want to leave his alma mater in the first place so I'm glad to see he's returning there.

Sean Payton reveals steep trade compensation Saints will ask for to hire him [Erich Richter, New York Post]

"“Each team’s got different ammo and different pick selections, it could be future one maybe where you have to throw in something. I know Micky well and I heard him talk the other day, he was right on and I think I am. too. He has a job to do as a general manager with the Saints. He’ll get the right compensation and I’m sure the [interested] team, if it gets that far, will arrive at it.”"

From Richter's article

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Sean Payton reportedly has his 2nd official interview planned in New York [Terrin Waack,]

Payton will be interviewing with the Panthers in New York, not any of the New York-based teams. Carolina would have to pay the most to acquire Payton due to being in the same division as New Orleans.