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Chris Grier confirms that the Dolphins called the Saints about Sean Payton

In the short window between when Brian Flores was fired by the Dolphins and when he filed his lawsuit, Miami was ready to pursue Sean Payton and Tom Brady for the 2022 season, according to sources.

Yes, the Dolphins called the Saints about Sean Payton.

We reported it on Monday. Miami G.M. Chris Grier confirmed it on Wednesday.

Via Marcel Louis-Jacques of, Grier said that the team did indeed call the Saints for permission to speak to Payton. The Saints, as Grier confirmed, declined to grant such permission.

The call was made, per PFT reporting, to assistant G.M. Jeff Ireland, who previously worked as G.M. of the Dolphins. Ireland spoke to Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis, before relaying this message to the Dolphins: “Don’t bother.”

As to the report that the Dolphins also had planned to target Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, Grier simply said that he had “no conversations” about Brady. Others did; Dolphins sources told PFT that the team had internal conversations about adding Brady as a minority owner.