Report says Dolphins was willing to give Sean Payton a contract that outperforms other Saints deals

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday that the Miami Dolphins are willing to give former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton a five-year contract that would have paid him $100 million.

The Saints, who still have Payton contract rights until 2023, did not give Dolphins permission to interview the Super Bowl-winning coach after he decided to step down in January. Any team trying to recruit Payton during the 2023 season will have to compensate the Saints through trade.

Dolphins’ contract offer would have been the second $100 million deal for the NFL after Raiders hired Jon Gruden in 2018 for $100 million, but that deal would have spanned over 10 years. Gruden was fired by the Raiders during the 2021 season.

At $20 million a year, Payton would easily have been the highest-paid coach in the NFL.

Rams coach Sean McVeigh is said to be making $15-18 million annually after signing an extension. Patriots coach Bill Belichick earns $12.5 million and Pete Carroll of the Seahawks makes $11 million a year.

Fox Sports has appointed Payton as the NFL studio analyst for the 2022 season.

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