Former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has not been shy about his coaching future, saying recently that he believes he will coach in the NFL again if he finds the “right situation”. There appear to be two teams that the Fox Sports NFL analyst would consider coming out of retirement for after a report emerged about Payton on Wednesday.
An article from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano indicates that both the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Chargers may be in contention to land Payton if there’s a coaching change for either of the two teams.
The two were discussing some top candidates that are most likely to get interviews during the NFL offseason, and the two seem to believe that either team could be a candidate for Payton.
“Sean Payton seems to be lurking in a big way,” said Fowler. “Speaking of worst-kept secrets, Payton circling around the Chargers is probably one.”
Graziano seemed to echo his sentiments, while also adding Arizona as a potential destination.
” I think just about every team with an opening will want to talk to him,” said Graziano. “But my sense is that he’ll be picky and will look for a spot where the QB situation is solid, first and foremost. That’s why I think a lot of people are connecting him with a potential Chargers opening. If not there, I’ve been told to watch Arizona as a potential Payton destination.”
Many took to social media to voice their opinions on how Payton would potentially fit on these two two teams.
Sean Payton circling bodies that aren’t even dead yet. What a savage. https://t.co/98409G7l2o
— Mike Herndon (@MikeHerndonNFL) November 23, 2022
— Anand Nanduri (@NanduriNFL) November 23, 2022
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) November 23, 2022
This would really help with the Herbert = new Brees angle. I'm all for it. https://t.co/x8DLw9qmRZ
— Scott Kacsmar (@ScottKacsmar) November 23, 2022
Sigh…yep. That’s about right. https://t.co/2uJoKcjdgP
— Darren McKee (@DMacRadio) November 23, 2022
The Saints still hold the rights to Payton and would undoubtedly want compensation for letting him go to another team.
That being said, either team would likely love to have Payton over the current coaches they have.