Former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is reportedly ready to make his return to coaching and is eyeing two potential teams.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Chargers are two teams to keep an eye on in the Payton sweepstakes:
“Carolina, for example, would probably love a chance to throw a pile of money at Payton. But my sense is that he’ll be picky and will look for a spot where the QB situation is solid, first and foremost. That’s why I think a lot of people are connecting him with a potential Chargers opening. People would line up to coach Justin Herbert if that job came open. If not there, I’ve been told to watch Arizona as a potential Payton destination (again, assuming there’s an opening there).”
Both the Chargers and Cardinals have coaches who are on the hot seat. Many people around the NFL believe that if the Chargers and Cardinals miss the playoffs — both are on the outside looking in right now — they will both fire their coaches.
Besides all that, if Payton decides to make his return to coaching, he will unquestionably be the most sought after candidate.