Former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton hasn’t been shy about his coaching future, recently saying 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 retiring after a report on Payton emerged on Wednesday.
An article by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano indicates that both the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Chargers could be in contention to bring in Payton if there is a coaching change for one of the two teams.
The two discussed some of the top contenders most likely to get interviews during the NFL’s 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,” Fowler said. “Speaking of worst kept secrets, Payton circling the Chargers is probably one of them.”
Graziano seemed to echo his sentiments while also adding Arizona as a possible destination.
“I think just about every team with an opening wants to talk to him,” said Graziano. “But I feel like he’s going to be picky and look for a place where the QB situation is solid in the first place. That’s why I think a lot of people are associating him with a potential Chargers opening. When I’m not there I’ve been told to look at Arizona as a potential Payton destination.
Many took to social media to voice their thoughts on how Payton could possibly fit into these two teams.
Sean Payton circles bodies that aren’t even dead yet. What a wild one. https://t.co/98409G7l2o
— Mike Herndon (@MikeHerndonNFL) November 23, 2022
Arizona’s guns with a real head coach?!?!? https://t.co/aISiMGiGrt pic.twitter.com/FRkYkmsEw0
— Anand Nanduri (@NanduriNFL) November 23, 2022
Chargers make so much sense at Herbert #Denver7 https://t.co/UqMBPeg1WG
— 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… yes. That’s about right. https://t.co/2uJoKcjdgP
— Darren McKee (@DMacRadio) November 23, 2022
The Saints still own the rights to Payton and would no doubt want compensation for letting him go to another team.
That being said, any team would probably like to have Payton instead of the current coaches they have.