Why Sean Payton Will Stay in New Orleans

Saints head coach Sean Payton is the subject of more speculation this morning. And it involves the Dallas Cowboys again.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the NFL voided the last year of Payton’s contract because of certain language that didn’t fly with the league, which could make Payton a free agent coach at the end of this season. The operative word is could because the league will have to determine if this season counts as a year toward Payton’s contract since he will end up being suspended for the majority of it.

While Schefter’s news has created a media firestorm on an otherwise lackluster NFL Sunday, I think it’ll end up being much ado about nothing. First, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett still has a job. He would need to be fired for there to even be an opening in Dallas. If Garrett takes the Cowboys to the playoffs (which he should), he will not be fired. Second, I don’t believe Payton would trade what he has in New Orleans for what he would have in Dallas. Third, I don’t believe Payton would go anywhere else and start over when he has Drew Brees, Darren Sproles and all their friends waiting for him.