Report: Panthers are “eyeing” Sean Payton for 2023

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Former NFL head coach Sean Payton continues to loom as a future NFL head coach.

The Carolina Panthers reportedly are “eyeing” Payton for the team’s head-coaching job in 2023, according to Michael McCarthy of FrontOfficeSports.com.

That would be regarded as good news by Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys, since Payton is most commonly linked to the job McCarthy currently holds.

The Saints continue to hold Payton’s rights. Before another team could talk to him, the Saints and that team would have to strike a deal regarding potential compensation, if he would enter into a contract with the new team. The Saints could, if they so choose, flatly refuse to release Payton’s rights for a division rival.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Panthers issued a statement on the matter. “We would not talk to — or consider — a coach who’s under contract with another team,” the team said.

Current Panthers coach Matt Rhule may have preferred something more along the lines of, “We have a coach.”

Currently, they do. By 2023, who knows?

Before the draft, owner David Tepper pledged his “full support” to Rhule.

It’s not the first time Payton has been linked to another team. Earlier this year, the Dolphins admitted to contacting the Saints about hiring him, after he resigned to cap a 15-year run in New Orleans. Also, Playmakers details an incident that nearly resulted in the Cowboys hiring Payton in 2019, with a very unlikely twist keeping it from happening.

For 2022, Payton is expected to work in broadcasting. Via McCarthy, Payton recently told Morten Andersen that an announcement is coming in a matter of days. The finalists are Fox and Amazon.

By next year, the finalists to employ Payton could be NFL franchises.

9 responses to “Report: Panthers are “eyeing” Sean Payton for 2023

  1. Andy reid wins the 2022 supbowl this year. Retires and Sean payton is the chiefs hc in 2023

  2. If you love Payton, then you must also love Mike McCarthy. They both had Hall of Fame QBs, one Super Bowl win, and nearly identical records. Not terrible, but not exactly super stars.

  3. Payton is more likely headed to Fox, or maybe KC if Reid retires… Nothing else, he isn’t interested in rebuilding a franchise.

  4. The only teams Payton will coach for are the Cowboys or return to the Saints.

    He left so he could coach for the Cowboys and as soon as there is an opening, he’ll be their coach. He has lived in Dallas the entire he coached for the Saints and he’s not going to move.

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