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.