Gresham, who underwent surgery in March to repair a herniated disc, flew into New Orleans from Dallas and left yesterday.
But Payton did say Gresham would be a good fit for a Saints offense looking to replace Jimmy Graham‘s production at tight end.
“He’s a player we were obviously well aware of coming out of Oklahoma five years ago,” Payton said. “He’s recovering from an offseason surgery, and I thought the visit went pretty good.”
New Orleans already knows how Josh Hill and Benjamin Watson fit in the offense, but behind those two, the Saints are looking for a third tight end out of a group that includes 2014 practice squad member Orson Charles and a pair of undrafted free agents in Harold Spears and Jack Tabb.
But Payton said the Saints are looking at Gresham more because he fits the offense than any concerns about depth. Over the past five seasons, Gresham has averaged 56 catches, 544 yards and five touchdowns per season.
“It would be about the fit,” Payton said. “I think there’s a fit for us if it works out, and he’s a guy that we’ve studied quite a bit now in the last couple of months.”