Hiring Sean Payton can be expensive

The Arizona Cardinals will interview Sean Payton for their vacant coaching position at some point and whether or not they have named their next general manager by then, they should be ready to negotiate what is expected to be an expensive compensation package with the New Orleans Saints ending up in Payton as their choice.

Even though he stepped down as head coach of the Saints after the 2021 season, Payton still has two more years left on his contract and New Orleans will be out getting all they can for his services. The assumption was that he would cost any team that hired him a first-round draft pick, at least.

Arizona is currently ranked #3 in this year’s draft. Would the Cardinals seriously consider dealing with the Saints – and perhaps more – for the rights to lease Payton, 59?

Sean Payton coached the New Orleans Saints from 2006-21, winning a Super Bowl title after the 2009 season.

“I want the best for him. I do. We do just that, collectively as an organization,” Saints CEO and General Manager Mickey Loomis told reporters Friday. “He gave everything he could to the New Orleans Saints and took us to levels the organization and team have never achieved. Before, so I definitely want the best for him.

“But I also realize that he’s a valuable asset. His contract is a valuable asset to our club, and it’s our job to maximize that. Look, I think between the quarterback on the team and the head coach, no one influences a win more than these two guys in any building. So, I know.” What he brings to the table, and I know that’s really helpful. And it’s our duty to maximize that value if he chooses to train again during that time frame where we have those rights.”

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