The Broncos made Payton’s hiring official on Friday. He signed a five-year deal with the team that will put him at the helm through the 2027 season.
Payton said after signing the deal he wants to return the Broncos to a winning culture. One of the biggest challenges will be turning things around for quarterback Russell Wilson after his very rough start with the Broncos last season.
The Broncos finished the 2022 season with a 5-12 record, last in their division.
The Broncos said in a statement, “Sean Payton is an outstanding leader and a Super Bowl champion with a brilliant offensive mind. The team is excited to welcome him as the new head coach.”
Payton, who coached the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV victory, retired before the 2022 season but remained under contract. In order to hire him, the Broncos traded several picks to New Orleans.
Payton talked about his history of coaching and success in New Orleans, as well as what he sees in the future for the Broncos.