Kristian: Why Sean Payton isn't going to Dallas
With the news out today that Sean Payton is potentially a free agent after this year, or after the 2013 season, the national media is already whipping up the hype that Payton has his eyes set on Dallas.
OK, not surprising that they're trying to stir it up with a big stick. That's what they do. But here's why Sean Payton will stay in New Orleans:
1) The contract clause in question was HIS idea. The part of the contract that the NFL had issue with was that Payton would be free to walk if Mickey Loomis was fired, suspended, or otherwise kicked out of the organization. That's a sign of just how much Payton wants to work with Loomis, a man who has been his professional partner for years. Loomis will be back in the house long before Sean's suspension is over this February.
2) Sean Payton has too much sweat equity…too much emotional equity in this market and this team. Plus, this is HIS show…Mickey Loomis allows it to be. In Dallas that would never be the case.
3) Tony Who? Drew Brees just signed a 5-year extension and will likely finish his career here at New Orleans. He's got a good chance to make a run at another ring for years to come. So are you telling me that Sean Payton would want to leave his partnership with Drew Brees to work with Tony Romo?
4) Yes, I know a lot has been made of Payton's ties with Dallas...But he's already addressed this. He can afford to commute, and has said that he gets a lot of work done on the plane.
5) Jerry's $$? Even though Sean Payton is now on record saying he’s not going anywhere (Click HERE to read what Payton had to say,) some Who Dats are still fearful because Jerry Jones has “deep pockets.” Well, so does Tom Benson! And, in the past 10 years the Saints have one of the highest player payrolls in the NFL. Tom Benson writes the checks. In the last decade he’s never quibbled about spending money, if it makes his team better…and Sean Payton makes his team better. Mr. Benson knows unequivocally now that his Saints team needs the leadership of Sean Payton as evidenced by their 2 & 5 start.
6) Mr. Benson will want the Commissioner to know that Goodell doesn’t run his team. He’ll make Sean Payton the highest paid coach, because he deserves to be.
All in all, I just don't think Sean Payton has any intention of leaving New Orleans. This was a move by the NFL to void his contract over a single clause that they thought gave Payton (and future coaches) unfair leverage.
I do question the timing of it all, coming out on the Sunday before a prime-time Monday night matchup between the Saints and Eagles. The team has taken emotional hit after emotional hit for what seems like forever now…so has the Who Dat Nation.