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WATCH: Terrell Davis Reacts to Sean Payton to Denver

Hall of Fame running back and Denver Broncos legend Terrell Davis believes Sean Payton is the ideal candidate to turn the Broncos' organization around.

The Denver Broncos reached a deal with Payton on Tuesday to become their new head coach, ending months-long rumors about where the former Saints man would land. He is expected to become one of the highest-paid head coaches in the NFL.

"This was the opportunity I was looking for" Payton told NOLA.com on Tuesday.

Because Payton was still under contract with New Orleans, the Broncos were forced to give up trade assets - the 2023 29th overall pick and a 2024 second-round pick - to sign the 59-year-old.

"He's the best option for Russell Wilson" Broncos Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis said of Payton.

"Drew Brees, for a number of years, was his main guy, but think about the last few years of his coaching tenure. He worked with Teddy Bridgewater, Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, Trevor Siemian. In my opinion, he got the most out of those guys in that short period of time."

Payton coached the Saints from 2006-11, then again from 2013-21. He led the organization to a 152-89 record during his tenure and its first and only championship in 2009.

The San Mateo, California native stepped away from coaching after the 2021-22 season, later becoming part of FOX's NFL Sunday coverage during the 2022-23 season. 

Payton replaces recently-fired Broncos HC Nathaniel Hackett, who was let go on Dec. 26 after falling to 5-12 in his first season as the team's head coach.

The Broncos are +4000 to win the 2024 NFL Championship.

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