It was just this past week when Drew Brees was talking about media members - that probably don't deserve a job - using their cousins as sources. Well, in walk Ian Rapoport who surely dug no deeper than asking around the Christmas dinner table what he thought the Saints could potentially get in return for Sean Payton. I just can't believe this is true. Not because there isn't a possibility of Sean Payton being traded. Not because they could easily get more a second rounder for what appears to be the most sought after coach on the market. I can't believe this report has any validity because the Saints would essentially be lowballing themselves by making THEIR asking price a measly second round pick. Is this a fucking yard sale or are the Saints attempting to get fair market value for their Head Coach? He is supposed to be showcased in the front window with three different spotlights on him, not sitting on a clearance rack ready to be pilfered at a moment's notice..
Why don't we take a look at precedent? Want to know who the last young, proven Head Coach to get traded was? Jon Gruden (yes, it is THAT rare). Do you know what he brought back in said trade? Two first round picks, two second round picks, and $8 million dollars in cash. Jon Gruden was a great coach, but he hadn't achieved anything close to what Sean Payton has at the time of his trade. In fact, he had no more than one winning season under his belt. Even if no one is willing to match it, that should be closer to the Saints sticker price. I mean, a second rounder? For a Super Bowl winning head coach? That turned around a historically bad franchise in no more than a year? And led an offense that has been in the top 5 annually for nearly a decade? In what world is a second rounder fair compensation?
There are Indian men getting better value selling fake handbags on the streets of NYC. If this is true then the guys selling t-shirts out of a picnic basket outside the SuperDome are doing a better job auctioning their product. You never start with a price that every single suitor would pay without hesitation. Sean Payton has been linked to like nine teams already and the season hasn't even been over for a full day. Supply is low. Demand is high. That means the price rises. Are you telling me that the Saints are ignoring the most fundamental principles of economics? I guess that would make sense, because if they are trying to ship the man that turned this entire franchise out of town for anything less than a first rounder and change than the New Orleans Saints have no interest in remaining a competent business, never mind a competitive football team.