Sean Payton wasn’t able to get his suspension overturned by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, but he is talking to Roger Goodell about getting reinstated a bit earlier than originally planned.
Goodell confirmed that he and Payton have “briefly” spoken about reinstatement and that they will have more conversations about it after the holidays. Goodell was asked whether Payton could be reinstated before the Super Bowl, which is currently the point when he’s eligible to be reinstated.
“I don’t want to say he could be because, again, we are in the early stages,” Goodell said, via Ed Werder of ESPN. “We are starting to talk about it.”
Whenever he is reinstated, Payton still needs to work out a new contract with New Orleans if he’s going to return to the Saints. If that’s not going to happen, it’s obviously in his best interests to be eligible to get to work as soon as possible since he’s not likely to have any shortage of suitors looking to interview him about his coaching services. Whichever route Payton winds up going, the earlier he’s reinstated the better for his preparations for 2013.