Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that while NFL teams will try to hire Alabama head coach Nick Saban during the offseason, several sources close to him believe the odds of him returning to the NFL are remote.
La Canfora’s sources didn’t rule out the possibility of him rebuilding another program such as the University of Texans, they consider it unlikely that he would return to the NFL for the 2016 season.
For an NFL team to convince Saban to leave Alabaman, La Canfora mentions that they would have to give him total control of the franchise and a significant budget for him and his coaching staff to even start a conversation with his agent.
Saban could be in even more demand this year, as there are very few “hot” coordinators in the NFL and several college openings, according to La Canfora.
The Indianapolis Colts have come up as a potential options for Saban, seeing as they’re widely expected to part ways with HC Chuck Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson after the season and they have a very appealing asset to build around in QB Andrew Luck.
With a lack of coordinator candidates, La Canfora believes NFL owners could target a number of college coaches including: Stanford’s David Shaw, UCLA’s Jim Mora and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn.