NFL Grants Saints Permission to Speak to Payton

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Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  The National Football League has granted the New Orleans Saints permission to negotiate a new contract with suspended head coach Sean Payton, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Even though Payton is suspended and unable to communicate with the organization due to his involvement in the bounty scandal, the NFL is allowing him to speak to the Saints regarding his contract situation.

The previous contract extension between Payton and the team was voided this past weekend, so if they are unable to agree on a new contract, Payton will be a free agent and can coach any team he pleases.

There is already speculation about Payton leaving the Saints to coach the Dallas Cowboys, replacing current head coach Jason Garrett at the end of the season.

He has a home in Dallas and has a close relationship with team owner Jerry Jones.  He is also a former Cowboys assistant coach.

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