Saints coach Payton: Team not looking to bring in Manziel

Doyle BarkerMar 30, 2017

If they did and the Patriots didn't match, then they would have to give New England their No. 11 overall pick. Payton likened his meeting with the 24-year-old to Manziel 101. It was an informative meeting for me just to know the player. "I don't think any of those are the question right now". He has until April 21 to negotiate an offer sheet with other teams and is expected to sign his tender at that point if he doesn't land a contract elsewhere.

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.

A source close to the club told Bleacher Report earlier Tuesday the Saints had "no interest" in signing Manziel.

If the Pats and Saints were to come together on a deal for Butler, it would be the second significant trade of the offseason between to the two teams.

Payton told the New Orleans Saints' website Tuesday that it was the first time he met Manziel. He probably pulled some strings to get the meeting with Payton. It was the first time just having a chance to talk to him.

"It's in our best interest to look at every opportunity to improve our team", Payton said. I'm not suggesting that same technology for football, but surely we can know when a player is in or out of bounds. "But we felt like there's some depth at certain positions in this draft, and trying to get a little bit of firepower and ammo in those first 103 picks is important".

In addition to giving up the 11th pick, the Saints would likely have to sign Butler to a long-term deal in the near future. He was the only QB to play for them last season. He served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse, was involved in a domestic violence incident with his former girlfriend and didn't played well with the Browns. "So for us, it was a chance to meet him, put him on the board, find out how much football he knows", Payton said, also pointing out that Butler is from nearby Mississippi.

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