Sean Payton

The NFL world was shocked when legendary New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton announced he was stepping away from football at the end of last season.

Ever since he made this decision there has been speculation on whether or not he would eventually make a return to coaching.

Rumors have swirled around Payton potentially being linked to the Dallas Cowboys if things with current head coach Mike McCarthy go sideways.

Payton recently revealed that last weekend’s matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Saints made him upset that he wasn’t coaching for the first time since retiring.

It seems like that game has made him rethink his future of coaching at the NFL level, as he got honest about potentially returning to the league as soon as next season.

“If the right situation presented itself, I would definitely be interested,” Payton said on the NewOrleans.football podcast with Saints beat writer Nick Underhill on Wednesday. “And there’s no utopia, if you will, when it comes to teams, but if I felt like it was the right situation, I would have an interest in that. That all being said, that could come in a year, that could come in two years.”

Payton is currently working at Fox Sports for their Sunday pregame show, but it always seemed like Payton would eventually return to coaching at some point.

Given his expertise of high-level coaching over his 15-year coaching career with the Saints which produced a Super Bowl championship in 2009, he would likely have his choice of several potential suitors should he want to return.

[NewOrleans.Football, ESPN]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.