There must be something about NFL free agency and the name Payton -- phonetically speaking, that is.
First, the Indianapolis Colts cut quarterback Peyton Manning earlier this year, creating a free-agent frenzy the likes of which NFL has never seen. Now, reports have surfaced that Sean Peyton, on league-imposed sabbatical from his position as head coach of the New Orleans Saints, could rival his namesake as a coaching free agent after the league voided a contract that the Saints had submitted to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's office for approval.
Last Sunday Goodell visited Atlanta, ostensibly to promote the building of a new stadium for the Falcons, who, coincidentally, were playing the Dallas Cowboys, when Goodell was peppered with questions about Payton (the coach, not the quarterback) and his potential status as a free agent.
"The one contract that was sent into us, I told them what the issue was," Goodell said. "Now, it's up to the team and Sean Payto...