Super Bowl-winning coach could return to the sidelines next year and keep tabs on two teams: report

After retiring from the sidelines after the 2021 season, a big-name manager has his eye on two teams he hopes to coach next season.

Sean Payton reportedly sees the Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals as candidates he would coach in 2023.

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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton reacts during an NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Caesars Superdome December 27, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton reacts during an NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Caesars Superdome December 27, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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The former New Orleans Saints head coach is keeping an eye on these teams as their quarterback situations appear to be fairly intact for both the short- and long-term futures with Justin Herbert and Kyler Murray. Murray recently signed a five-year extension while Herbert is in the third season of his rookie contract, but it’s hard to imagine the Chargers would just let the former sixth overall pick go.

For both LA and Arizona, however, there’s a catch — Payton, while not a coach, is technically still under contract with the Saints. Therefore, any team that might catch him would need to give the Saints some sort of compensation – the 58-year-old has two years left on contract.

Payton has previously said he would love to return to coaching next season “if the right situation arises”.

Payton resigned as Saints head coach in January, stating that coaching “isn’t where my heart is right now.” But he never ruled out a return.

Former NFL coach Sean Payton speaks during an interview on day three of SiriusXM at Super Bowl LVI on February 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Former NFL coach Sean Payton speaks during an interview on day three of SiriusXM at Super Bowl LVI on February 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

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“I still have a vision to do things in football,” Payton said at the time. “And I’ll be honest with you, that could be coaching again at some point.”

Payton began his head coaching career with the Saints in 2006 after serving as an assistant coach for several other teams in the league. With the addition of free agent Drew Brees, Payton led New Orleans to their first playoff appearance in six years with a 10-6 record and a division title in his inaugural season.

Just four years later, he led New Orleans to the team’s first Super Bowl victory by defeating the Indianapolis Colts.

Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 9, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 9, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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In his 15 seasons as head coach, Payton has recorded a 152-89 regular season record and a 9-8 postseason record.

The Saints have amassed seven NFC South titles under Payton’s leadership.

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