NFL voids Sean Paytonís contract, coach still loyal to Saints
The NFL’s issue with the contract has nothing to do with the bounty case but rather the language of the contract which gives Sean Payton leverage to walk away from the deal upon New Orleans Saints general manger Mickey Loomis’ permanent departure from the organization in the form of a firing or resignation, or temporary removal such as suspension. But the NFL believes that the contract sets a bad model for other coaching contracts and responded by voiding the deal before Mickey Loomis was served with an eight game suspension for his role in the bounty scandal.
The NFL issued the following statement in response to the rumors of its cancellation of Mickey Loomis’ contract with the New Orleans Saints.
"All contracts between clubs and their employees must be approved by the commissioner, and we do not comment on specific terms of individual contracts," read the statement. "Any comment regarding the matter should come from Coach Payton and the Saints."
While the NFL voided the extension, they could still push through the final year former contact that would ended in 2012, which is back to 2013 as a result of Sean Payton’s year-long suspension.
However, if it isn’t the case, then Sean Payton could possibly become a free agent. Still there will be no hard-time upon Sean Payton, who’s already being taken off from a year’s worth of salary due to the suspension this season. In fact, things look up for a free agent, Super Bowl wining Sean Payton who’s become the most sought-after coach of the season.
Although Sean Payton claimed in response to the annulment of the contract, “"I absolutely plan to remain a Saint,” that doesn’t mean he won’t be wonted elsewhere by New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys owners Woody Johnson and Jerry Jones respectively. So in evidently this demand will likely force the New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson to raise the $7 million annual salary of Sean Payton to claim his loyalty and services.
Additionally, Sean Payton, who is also a former Dallas Cowboys assistant reportedly, bought a residence lately in Dallas, which could drive Jerry Jones to ditch coach Jason Garett.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid and San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner are reportedly reaching the end of there contract, and so is New York Jets often criticized coach Rex Ryan. With a lot of openings and just one potential candidate with a Super Bowl ring, teams might be will to roll out the dough on a hard-to-get-by coach this offseason if he becomes a free agent.
Sean Payton’s age (48) and strong desire to continue leading his team to the top-level could be a plus-point in a potential new contract.