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Gruden visits with Saints

8/6/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

METAIRIE, La. -- There's a very special guest out here at Saints camp for a few days. It's John Gruden of "Monday Night Football."

In a scene that never could have happened a year ago, New Orleans coach Sean Payton has opened his doors to the former Tampa Bay coach. Gruden's doing some scouting for his work as a broadcaster, but there's also a benefit for the Saints. Gruden is sitting in on the quarterbacks' meetings.

Kind of fun to imagine what Gruden could do with Drew Brees. Then again, given Gruden's history in Tampa, it's not hard to imagine him suggesting to Payton that the Saints bring in Brian Griese and about four other quarterbacks to go with Brees, Mark Brunell and Joey Harrington.

Payton and Gruden have been friends for years.

"If they pull him out of the booth, I'm sure he'll have another opportunity [in coaching]," Payton said.