The list of teams participating in the Sean Payton Sweepstakes has reportedly grown to four.
One of the most coveted candidates in this year’s NFL hiring cycle, Payton cardinalsaccording to NFL Network’s Ian RapoportIt’s unclear exactly when the talks will take place, but Arizona currently has Denver, Carolina and Houston, plus four franchises that have interviews set up or have already interviewed former Saints head coaches.
The Cardinals were previously given permission to interview Payton by the Saints, and Payton is still under contract with the Saints despite retiring after the 2021 season. I forgot to mention that when I confirmed that I was doing an interview with the NFC West club on . Herd and Colin Cowherd That he interviews the Broncos, the Panthers, and the Texans.
According to a previous report from NFL Network, Payton is ‘doing his homework’ Arizona job, clearly a fan of the franchise’s quarterback Kyler MurrayHowever, the Cardinals are now grappling with a significant regime change following a disappointing campaign, which may explain the delay in setting up an interview with Payton.
The Cardinals waived Cliff Kingsbury at the end of the 2022 4–13 season. At the same time, Arizona announced that general manager Steve Keim told the team that he was stepping down from his role to focus on his health.
The Cardinals acted quickly, hiring former Titans director of player personnel Monty Ossenfort as their next general manager. That leaves a head coaching vacancy, and it looks like Payton is one of the candidates.