Sean Payton has picked off a former member of the Saints receiving corps for the Broncos

Sean Payton has picked off a former member of the Saints receiving corps for the Broncos
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A free agent wide receiver who played for the New Orleans Saints last season is reuniting with former coach Sean Payton.

Marquez Callaway plans to sign a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos, according to multiple outlets Friday. Payton became the Broncos coach two months ago when the Saints traded him for draft picks.

Callaway played for the Saints from 2020-22. Payton was their coach from 2006-21, only missing the 2012 season due to a suspension. Dennis Allen took over last season.

When Callaway worked with Payton, he played in 28 games overall, starting 14. In 2020, he made 11 appearances with three starts and caught 21 receptions for 213 yards. In 2021 — a career season for Callaway — he appeared in all 17 games with 11 starts and pulled in 46 receptions for 698 yards and six touchdowns.

Last year, under Allen, Callaway played in 14 games and started three. He had 16 receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown.

In all three seasons, Callaway spent some time on special teams, too. His most action there came as a rookie, returning 11 punts for 122 yards and four kicks for 94 yards. Since then, he has a combined three kick returns for 27 yards split between the last two years.

Callaway, who turns 25 years old on Monday, was an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee.

Payton has also poached coaches from the Saints’ 2022 roster. He hired former Saints assistant offensive line coach Zach Strief and former Saints offensive assistant Declan Doyle to his Broncos staff, with both earning promotions in their move. Strief is now the offensive line coach. Doyle is the tight ends coach.

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