Sean Payton is widely considered one of the best head coaches in the NFL, but that hasn’t stopped the circulation of rumors that involve him leaving the New Orleans Saints this upcoming off-season. The two could decide to mutually part ways, or New Orleans could even trade him if they find a willing suitor – which I’m sure they could. These rumors began to surface following a disappointing 1-4 start.
Possible trade suitors include the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys. When Miami fired Joe Philibin following their week 4 loss, many experts cited them as a likely landing spot for the former Super Bowl winning coach. The Colts haven’t played up to their potential so far this year, meaning Chuck Pagano may not be back next season. Payton has also been linked to the Cowboys for the past few years, as he was previously a coordinator there.
Technically, the NFL doesn’t allow coaches to be traded. However, the league allows teams to discuss compensation for a released head coach. While it sounds strange for a coach to be traded; hell, players are rarely traded, it has happened before. NFL coaches to be traded include: Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells and John Gruden – they all demanded a hefty package of picks in return.
Sean Payton has already expressed his openness to making a change, but it’s all in the hands of the New Orleans Saints. Payton still has 2 years left on his contract.
If the Saints don’t turn this season around, Payton will more than likely be coaching a new team next season. Until then, he’ll have to address all these trade rumors.