Sean Payton is not allowed to coach in the NFL this season. And now there's a possibility that when he returns to the sidelines, it may not be with the New Orleans Saints.
As first reported by ESPN on Sunday, the multiyear contract extension Payton signed with the Saints in 2011 has been voided by the NFL because of a clause that said the coach could leave if General Manager Mickey Loomis were suspended, fired or left the team.
If Payton has no contract with the Saints once the season ends, many people think Dallas owner Jerry Jones would make an offer that the former Cowboys assistant coach might have trouble ignoring. Jones' team is 3-5 this season, 16-16 under current Coach Jason Garrett and in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight year. Payton and his family live in the Dallas area.
And then there's Philadelphia. Longtime Eagles Coach Andy Reid is on the hot seat, and Sports Illustrated's Peter King thinks owner Jeffrey Lurie might go hard after Payton, his former quarterbacks coach.