Denver Broncos reportedly make deal with New Orleans Saints to hire Sean Payton as head coach

    Sean Payton reached the playoffs nine times with the Saints, winning the NFC South title on seven of those occasions.

    (CNN)Sean Payton will join the Denver Broncos as head coach after they agreed compensation with the 59-year-old's former team, the New Orleans Saints, according to reports from ESPN and NFL Network.

    Payton was under contract with the Saints, despite stepping down last season and was working as a broadcaster this season.
    In a 15-year stint with the franchise, he took the Saints to the playoffs nine times winning a single Super Bowl in 2010.
      "This was the opportunity I was looking for," Payton said to "It's a great fanbase and great tradition. The ownership group is fantastic, and I love the way they competed in some of their games last year."
        He joins a Broncos team in desperate need of an uplift.
        Denver finished the season 5-12 and extended its time outside the playoffs to seven consecutive seasons.
        Perhaps most disappointing was the performance of quarterback Russell Wilson who the Broncos traded for four premium drafts from the Seattle Seahawks ahead of this season.
          The nine-time Pro Bowler had the worst statistical season of his career, finishing with a career low 16 touchdown passes and leading an offense that ended the season averaging 16.9 points per game.
          However, Payton is confident of getting the most out of Wilson.
          "Russell is a hard worker and has played at a high level and won a lot of games in this league," Payton told
          "The pressure is on us to put a good run game together and reduce the degree of difficulty on his position. I'm excited about him."
          Elsewhere, the Houston Texans have hired San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator and former Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans, 38, as their new head coach, the NFL team announced Tuesday.