Sean Payton, Saints can negotiate a contract extension now

Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE

Despite a voided contract, New Orleans can work out a new contract with Sean Payton immediately.

The New Orleans Saints and coach Sean Payton are allowed to negotiate a contract extension right now, according to the Times-Picayune:

The Saints and Payton, however, are allowed to negotiate a contract extension right now despite the league's no-contact policy as a stipulation for Payton's season-long suspension connected to the bounty scandal, according to a source.

Payton had his contract, which was scheduled to run through the 2015 season, voided by the NFL on Sunday.

With the news that Payton was free to sign anywhere after the season, speculation was that the Dallas Cowboys would court the Super Bowl-winning coach. Payton has a house in Dallas and the Cowboys haven't had much success under coach Jason Garrett.

Payton was also an assistant in Dallas from 2003-2005.

Payton's contract was voided because the language in it "would set a bad precedent for other coaching contracts," according to ESPN. The contract stated Payton could walk away from his deal if general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended, fired or left the New Orleans organization.

Payton was suspended by the NFL for the entire 2012 for a bounty scandal reportedly under his watch.

New Orleans is 3-5 this season after beating the Eagles, 28-13, on Monday Night Football.

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