Saints HC Sean Payton addressed the rumors that he could end up with the Cowboys by saying he plans to remain in New Orleans.
“It seems like these rumors come up every odd-number year, doesn’t it?” Payton said on WWL, via Pro Football Talk. “The plan is to remain in New Orleans. Hey, I’ve got fleur-de-lis tattoos that can’t be erased.”
Back in February, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that there was buzz going around at the Super Bowl that the Cowboys could target Payton as their next head coach after allowing Jason Garrett to finish out his contract in 2019.
Florio admitted that this could be “easier said than done”, given that Dallas would need to compensate the Saints for allowing Payton to leave.
It’s likely the Saints would want at least one draft pick for Payton and the Cowboys would have to sign Payton to a new contract that could be at least $10,000,000 per year.
Payton-to-the-Cowboys rumors come up every few years, and while it’s possible Dallas will have a new head coach next year, it seems like a long shot that it will end up being Payton.
Payton, 55, began his NFL coaching career with the Eagles as their QBs coach back in 1997. He later joined the Giants for three seasons before the Cowboys hired him as their assistant HC/QBs coach for the 2003 season.
The Saints brought Payton in as their head coach for the 2006 and he’s remained in New Orleans since then.
For his career, Payton has led the Saints to a record of 118-74 (61.5 percent), which includes seven playoff appearances and one Super Bowl title in 2009.