If the Dallas Cowboys want Sean Payton to be their next head coach, it’s going to cost owner Jerry Jones a lot of money. Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer responded to a Florida Sun-Sentinel report noting that Payton had turned down a five-year $100 million offer from the Dolphins, adding that the $100 million for a shorter four-year contract were intended.
In other words, the Cowboys may have to give Payton upwards of $25 million a year to have any chance of bringing the coach out of retirement. Payton previously coached with the Saints on a five-year, $80 million deal, according to Breer.
“The way I see it, the reckoning is coming. Payton has leverage because he already has money, and will have multiple suitors if and when he decides to return to the sidelines,” Breer wrote on June 14 likely giving him a raise on top of what he’s already making. And if you want to snag a Ryan Day or a Lincoln Riley from the college ranks down the line, you’ve got to beat the eight-digit annual numbers these guys are pulling down (Check out what Carolina did to save Matt Rhule from it lure Baylor)”.
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After initially fueling rumors about Mike McCarthy’s future, Jones has tried to express his confidence in his current head coach. However, it doesn’t take much research to see that Jones has gushed over Payton, dating back to his three seasons (2003-2005) as an assistant Cowboys. If Dallas struggles this season, the Payton rumors will hover over the team, which McCarthy admitted is something he’s not thrilled about.
“Are these stories unusual? Absolutely, I’ve never dealt with anything like this before,” McCarthy noted during a Feb. 15 interview on The Rich Eisen Show. “Do I wish I didn’t have to come here and answer questions about it? Yeah no doubt I wish we were talking about something else but it’s part of our landscape and I just think things stay real and things stay focused because at the end of the day it’s about the people who You are responsible for. It’s about the people you train and most importantly, our dressing room, and our dressing room is about winning.”
The Payton option could be off the table for 2022 but will likely reappear next offseason unless the Cowboys can make a deep playoff run. During a January 28 interview on Dallas’ 105.3 the Fan, Jones discussed the ongoing rumors linking Payton to the Cowboys.
“Not at all and the reasoning, I mean I think a lot of Sean, but there’s going to be someone other than Sean who wins the Super Bowl this year and if he doesn’t coach it would be someone other than Sean winning the Super Bowl next year win,” Jones explained. “My point is you win Super Bowls and people win Super Bowls. There is no one, no one who is essential when it comes to winning the Super Bowl.”
Not only do the Cowboys have to pay a premium for Payton, but the Saints have signed the former coach. Dallas would likely need to send some sort of compensation to New Orleans to land the legendary coach.