NFL voided Sean Payton’s contract before bounty gate

Sean Payton’s three-year contract extension that would have lasted until 2015 was voided by the NFL. The contract was voided prior to bounty gate because the NFL did not like certain language in the contract.

The league voided the deal due to one specific clause that would have enabled Payton to walk away from the agreement if general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended, fired or left the New Orleans organization.

It is unclear to whether Payton will be a free agent after this season. Some in the leagues office believe that Payton’s current contract could “toll” as is the case in those of suspended players. Adam Schefter of ESPN says that is not the case and that Payton will be a free agent after this season.

This will undoubtedly increase rumors that Sean Payton will coach the Dallas Cowboys in the near future. Many believe that Payton would have assumed the Cowboys head coaching spot had Bill Parcells stepped away one year sooner.

Rumors of Payton becoming the Cowboys head coach will be helped by his relationship with owner Jerry Jones and many of those in the front office. Payton is said to still own a home in the Dallas area where he worked as an assistant coach with the Cowboys from 2003-2005. The teams quarterback, Tony Romo, and Payton both attended Eastern Illinois University.

Payton also has a close relationship with Saints owner Tom Benson so expecting him to jump to the Cowboys may be a bit of a stretch. Of course that will not stop people from talking about it.