CBS NFL Insider Jason la Canfora reported on Sunday that the New Orleans Saints don’t plan on parting ways with head coach Sean Payton but could end up trading him for draft picks.
Several teams are prepared to approach the New Orleans Saints about trading for head coach Sean Payton, according to league sources, and under the right set of circumstances that’s a possibility that could well appeal to him. Contrary to a previous report, the Saints are not entertaining the prospect of releasing their most successful coach in franchise history from his deal and would not do so.
The Saints shouldn’t be in a rush to get rid of Payton. His team is currently rebuilding. Their defense is a mess and Drew Brees is declining. But if a team is willing to make them that they can’t refuse, then why not take it?
What’s really interesting is that La Canfora says that Payton is actually open to coaching in the college ranks.
His mind is on the next game, but the reality is that other pro and college programs have been interested in him in the past and will be so again this winter.
The Dolphins, for one, are very interested in Payton, but it would likely take a change in their organizational structure to make that a job that most interested him, according to sources. The Titans, Colts and Browns could be in the market for his services as well, and the rebuilding Saints would likely be interested in the kind of draft-pick compensation a coach as distinguished as Payton could yield with two years left on his contract.
The thing about trading Payton is that he would have to essentially sign off since any team that acquires him would want him to sign a contract extension.