Saints coach Sean Payton said he had a “good” breakfast meeting with former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel during this year’s Super Bowl in Houston. But Payton added that any speculation around the Saints signing Manziel because the two met would be false, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Manziel’s numerous missteps have been well documented the past couple of years. Payton said he simply wanted to meet Manziel to get to know him.
“It gave me an opportunity to meet him,” Payton said Wednesday morning at the NFL owners meetings. “I was out in Houston for three days for the Super Bowl, and I understand he was. It was the first time just having a chance to talk to him. I’ll really leave it at that because it’s just what it was.
“I’m sure he’s got a handful of things that he has to do step-wise to get himself back in position to sign with a club and play football again. It made sense for me to get to know him a little bit.”
Payton bristled at the insinuation that signing Manziel would occur just because they had a meal together.
“There’s a handful of things that he’d have to do,” Payton said. “I think part of the report that insinuated that it was moving in that direction, I think that was false. And now I’m sitting here answering 15 questions of a reporter’s report.
“I met with him. We had a good breakfast. That was that.”