Posted December 13, 2012

Roger Goodell, Sean Payton talk moving up NFL reinstatement

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Roger Goodell said he's talking with Sean Payton about moving up his reinstatement. (A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Roger Goodell said he’s talking with Sean Payton about moving up his reinstatement. (A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in the midst of preliminary conversations with suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton about moving up the date of his reinstatement to be effective at the end of the regular season rather than sticking with the originally stated date of after the Super Bowl, according to a report Thursday morning from Ed Werder of ESPN.

Though Goodell stressed that those talks were still in their early stages, the change, if applied, would mean Payton could re-join the league and resume coaching with the Saints in less than three weeks. The Saints’ last game of the season is a Dec. 30 match-up at home against the Carolina Panthers. The Super Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 3, ironically in New Orleans, so it would mean Payton could return more than a month before his original date of reinstatement.

Goodell said that there are talks between his office and Payton scheduled for after the holidays, so it’s unlikely that there will be enough time to reinstate Payton immediately after the regular season ends for the Saints, but it still might allow him to return a few weeks early. Goodell was cautious to make any promises:

“I don’t want to say he could be because, again, we are in the early stages. We are starting to talk about it.”

Whenever Payton is reinstated, it’s not definite he will re-join the Saints as coach next season. As Werder writes, the Dallas Cowboys could be in pursuit of him for next year, but Goodell said that whether or not Payton is a “coaching free agent” is an issue that needs to be discussed within the Saints organization, and not the league office:

There is also the possibility that Payton might not be committed to coaching the Saints and could be pursued by a team such as the Dallas Cowboys if owner and general manager Jerry Jones fires coach Jason Garrett.

Payton has said he plans on returning to the Saints, but his contract beyond this season remains up-in-the-air. Last month, the NFL disallowed the extension the Saints gave Payton, which would have kept him as coach through 2015. More recently, however, Goodell allowed the Saints and Payton to resume contract negotiations.


11 comments
snowyf
snowyf

Where's the proof on a bounty program?  If you (or Goodell) have it, then make it public.  This whole thing is a farce.  Goodell has lost his credibility and owes the Saints coaches, Saints players, Saints fans, and the general public an apology.  He has taken the "word" of two former Saints coaches and dismissed statements by everyone else.  Where's the proof?  Certainly the statistics of injuries inflicted by the Saints against their opponents doesn't indicate a higher percentage.

BitTorrent
BitTorrent

Ridiculous low priority past times has so much resources wasted on it.

andy o
andy o

Well of course he wants to talk about lifting the suspension, although I agree with the suspensions Payton has to be available for the cowboys and Jerry Jones to talk to about being the head coach, If I were Payton I would get the suspension lifted, talk to the Cowboys and then stay with Saints just to get in Goodell's crawl. 

The_Mick1
The_Mick1

They should be talking about Goodell resigning for the farce he put a whole team through.

mejjker
mejjker

This makes about as much sense as anything that Goodell has done in this whole mess; coming soon to a school near you, the Business School Case: "Roger Goodell and Bountygate: How NOT to manage a crisis."

 

I guess it enables Payton to start negotiating with the Saints and others sooner.  Ho hum.

 

Or, maybe Goodell is hoping that he can go to New Orleans for the SB without a food taster and armored vehicle.

 

 

AdamSWalburger
AdamSWalburger

it's simple, now that they aren't going to be in the playoffs, who cares.

brucem
brucem

Now I'm really confused. Yesterday, it was "blame it on the team, not the players." Now, it's "blame it on the defensive coordinator, not the head coach." Is Greg Williams next in line to meet with Goodell? 

T.J.Young
T.J.Young

 @The_Mick1 Maybe you could call it an overreaction, but it's certainly not a farce. The team and its players did have a bounty program in place. There was wrongdoing. Overreaction yes. Farce no. 

snowyf
snowyf

 @AdamSWalburger Honor and integrity are something that cannot be measured in wins.  If you don't care, then maybe you don't have any of these attributes.

AdamSWalburger
AdamSWalburger

@snowyf easy tiger. My point is goodell doesnt care to end the suspension after the regular season now that they are done then.