Saints coach Payton: Team not looking to bring in Manziel

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Apparently, that wasn't how it went down as coach Sean Payton detailed at the NFL league meetings on Wednesday speaking at the NFC coaches breakfast.

Payton was interviewed by John DeShazier on NewOrleansSaints.com yesterday. "I met with him, we had a good breakfast, it was that".

Today, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report says Manziel will not be joining the Saints.

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Manziel has been training with quarterbacks coach George Whitfield in San Diego since telling ESPN's Ed Werder in January that he achieved sobriety without seeking professional help and hopes to return to the NFL. I've seen him play one game live. Now I'm sitting here answering 15 questions over a reporter's report. "I think we've got a pretty good handle on his skill set that we see on film and we see in practice", Payton said.

Manziel made a positive impression at their meeting, according to Payton. "But this was a little bit more of a personal visit, and as much as we can trying to gather all the information to arrive at the best decision".

"I watched his season take place being in Dallas at the time and watched, really, the team catch fire and all the things he did at A&M, and of course, I've followed his career". New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis on Tuesday explained why his team did just that with Brandin Cooks. The teams also swapped mid-round pick in the deal, with the Saints receiving a Patriots third-rounder (No. 108) and New England landing a fourth-rounder (No. 116) from New Orleans. "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. Players can't be traded unless they are under contract, which is why the timing of Butler signing the tender is important. I had a couple conversations with him, saying, 'This. isn't going to happen. "In fact, I know we're not gonna do that". Payton did not dismiss that possibility, calling it "just speculation".

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