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Breaking: Broncos, Saints Having Discussions About Sean Payton

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Things are reportedly beginning to align between the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints in regards to head coach Sean Payton.

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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network: "The Broncos and Saints have held discussions centered around Sean Payton and while no deal is in place,"

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the two sides appear to be on the same page about what the compensation would be for a deal. 

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Denver has already received permission to interview Payton, although the league won't allow in-person negotiations to begin until Jan. 17.

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With that said, it appears the Broncos' new ownership group is willing to give the Saints what they want; considering the fact that Payton is still under contract with New Orleans despite not coaching the team right now.

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Payton has been Denver's top target in their search to replace failed rookie HC Nathaniel Hackett, who the team let go of after just 15 games.