The Broncos and Saints are finalizing a deal to land Sean Payton in Denver as their new coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Payton retired after the 2021 season and is still signed to New Orleans, but a trade is being worked out. 

Payton will take over the role after Nathaniel Hackett was fired 15 games into his first season. He led the team to a 4–11 record during that span. 

Senior assistant coach Jerry Rosburg was named the interim coach for the final two games. The Broncos finished last in the AFC West standings with a 5–12 record, one game behind the Raiders.

The new coach will work with quarterback Russell Wilson in his second season in Denver. He was traded to the Broncos in a blockbuster trade back in March and then signed a five-year, $245 million contract extension in September. 

In 15 games this season, Wilson completed 292-of-483 passes for 3,524 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.