Report: Dolphins, others expected to inquire about Sean Payton after season

AP

Sean Payton signed an extension with the Saints early in 2013 that runs through the 2017 season and pays him $8 million a year, but that’s apparently not going to stop other teams from looking into his availability once the 2015 season comes to an end.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Dolphins, whose decision not to sign Drew Brees helped Payton to a Super Bowl win, are expected to inquire about bringing Payton to Miami as their next permanent head coach. Schefter reports that they would have company from multiple teams in any Payton pursuit, with the Colts mentioned as a possibility since Chuck Pagano has no contract beyond this season.

Because Payton is under contract, the Saints would be entitled to compensation in exchange for letting Payton go to work for another NFL team. Payton would also be making a decision about where to go, of course, and it’s hard to imagine that he’d go somewhere without a quarterback in place that he thought could lead the team the way Brees has led the Saints over the years.

Throw in the fact that the Dolphins are the only team with a definite coaching search on the horizon and those are a lot of moving parts to figure out before making a guess about where Payton will be come the 2016 season. If there’s enough interest all around, though, the first big move of the offseason could be a trade of a coach.

44 responses to “Report: Dolphins, others expected to inquire about Sean Payton after season

  1. Dolphins already without 3rd round pick. Cant imagine they’d give up a 1st 0r 2nd round pick for coach.

  2. Considering that his team owner is senile, I’m sure he’d like to go to a team more stable. I’m not Irsay isn’t senile himself though…

  3. This team can not afford a trade that will cost a draft pick,player or cap space. Unless it’s a player like Sue who would give us cap space. I say worry about your offensive line first,that’s where most of your problems lie.

  4. But, for now, Payton is the coach of the Saints. So why don’t we all just let him do his job. There is still 3 quarters of this NFL season left. Can’t we just enjoy what there is now and worry about what happens next season AFTER the Superbowl?

  5. Everyone is Assuming Bill Parcells( His Mentor) is giving the Dolphins Raving reviews to Sean Payton.

    Parcells left on his own. Had to be a reason in that.

    SP to the Colts that would be a more likely Landing spot.

  6. Sean Payton is a smart guy. Why in the world would he want to work for the Dolphins? A meddling owner plus a weak general manager is a combination leading to a train wreck of a franchise.

  7. As long as they keep Grigson, I’m not worried about the colts. As long as Ross keeps the Dolphins, I’m not worried about them either.

  8. theaveragecharlie says:
    Oct 11, 2015 8:55 AM
    Sean Payton is a smart guy. Why in the world would he want to work for the Dolphins? A meddling owner plus a weak general manager is a combination leading to a train wreck of a franchise.
    ——-
    If Payton did for some reason accept a trade or something to go to Miami, I would expect the GM being released or neutered would be a part of the deal.

    Face it, Payton is going to want Chip Kelly level control of the roster.

  9. The front office in Santa Clara are the ones who need to be making that call, and let Payton help develop Kaepernick. But they’re too busy flubbing drafts, hiring yes men as coaches, and trying to count money from their new stadium to remember they are actually a football franchise. The 49ers: WORST OWNERSHIP IN FOOTBALL, right there with airway and Snyder.

  10. I think the Saints are ready to move on from him anyways… I would say watch out for The Raiders. If Jack Del Rio does not go to playoffs this year I could see The Raiders firing him for Payton.. Plus you know Payton would LOVE to go there. This team has Derek Carr and Amari Cooper.
    They are 1 AVERAGE defense away from the Superbowl

  11. I don’t know. He seemed complicit in all the offseason business (getting rid of Graham, etc.) and says he likes Grayson a lot. It feels like they’ve been treating this as the beginning of a rebuilding period since last spring. Point being, I don’t think Benson, Loomis, and Payton are all on the same page. It’s not like they’re gonna drop the hammer on him if we don’t make the playoffs. This year was meant to be kind of a wash.

    Rob Ryan, on the other hand…

  12. Live in Miami but not a dolphins fan at all. However, if they can fix the o-line and get SP……that would go a long way towards getting them pointed in the right direction. That said FIX THE OLINE AND GET SOME LBS THAT CAN FILL HOLES!! I hate Suh but he’s playing fine, those lbs are atrocious!!!!

  13. Yeah, I suppose — considering the Saints Org allowed JIMMY GRAHAM (Six-Foot-Seven WR/TE) to get away, they might as well do a clean dismount and let Sean Payton reset with another team, fire Rob Ryan for incompetence as DC, and Let The Bidding Begin For The Services of Drew Brees 🙂

  14. Don’t sleep on Dan Campbell… You are going to see a different team next week. Might not be the answer or enough to turn team completely around but this team will win some games this year with Dan as coach.

  15. As a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan I’d love to see Sean Payton become the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins. He’s a proven winner and he has a Super Bowl ring to prove it. Show him the $$$ Mr. Ross. Make it happen.

  16. Come on people. With him and the history he has with the Cowboys, Jerry Jones will have him in Dallas the very next day after the season ends. And thats if Payton leaves the Saints, which hes bound to do sooner or later.

  17. After 4 losing Seasons the Miami Dolphins signed Don Shula the Dolphins had to give up a 1st round pick…Coaching is what turned the Miami Dolphins into world champions. It all starts with getting a great head coach

  18. Dan Campball? Seriously? A TE coach with no previous HC experience at any level.

    The Fin Faux fanbase is about as crazy as Ross. Just a different extreme. We deserve the yoyo effect in place since the mid 2000s.

  19. They can have Chip Kelly . Just don’t make him the GM or he’ll trade all of the good players away and draft bad ones to take their place.

  20. Which ever team gets him better have a solid front office and a GM that Payton can work with. With Payton calling the shots it’s been one horrible draft after another and horrible free agent signing after another. Do not give him total control. That’s why the Saints aren’t doing well.

  21. djachammer says:
    Oct 11, 2015 8:49 AM

    Everyone is Assuming Bill Parcells( His Mentor) is giving the Dolphins Raving reviews to Sean Payton.

    Parcells left on his own. Had to be a reason in that.

    SP to the Colts that would be a more likely Landing spot.

    Parcells left because it was free money to do so. Also from the owner always being an absentee owner (still is)

    Everyone is Assuming Bill Parcells is somehow helping the fins. Sure some of the reviews are good like SP. None others have been on the Fins.

    The latest one he advised on is running football operations and will be a big factor in SP not joining the team with their triangular management style. When SP would like that for himself minus the triangular management.

  22. Sean Payton is over rated ,he hasn’t done anything since Greg Williams left. Miami don’t need him.

  23. Sean Payton is a likable guy, but seems to have lost the edge or the passion after “BountyGate” and losing Gregg Williams.

    During the same span where Philbin’s record for the Phins was 24-28,
    Sean Payton went 19-18 including 8-13 over his last 21 games, including a 7-9 season last year and a 1-4 record this year. You have to go back 6 seasons, before you can find back to back winning seasons.

  24. The Saints aren’t winning. I don’t understand why a team would hire a coach from a losing team. The Colts have been one of the winningest teams over the last 3-4 years. Sean Payton would be a good offensive coordinator if Pep Hamilton gets a head coaching job somewhere else.

  25. With Sean Payton we’d probably still run into the same problems defensively… Look at the Saints now… We need at Defensive Minded HC… who is not afraid to let the offense OC do what they do, but has a firm grip on the defense… See in the AFC east we lose for two reason… 1. Defense can’t stop Brady and 2. Offense can’t outscore Brady… Now we can win if we can stop Brady… But we won’t win if we rely on outscoring Brady… So for me bring in a Defensive Priority minded HC… Someone not name Ryan… Indeed…

  26. Get it out of your head. Trading sue would not give us cap space and would be a guarantee for another failed season in 2016

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