Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 11/19/14

In nullifying Sean Payton's contract, Roger Goodell may have actually been rewarding Payton while simultaneously punishing the New Orleans Saints in a big way. There's been a lot of talk about Payton moving to the Cowboys at the conclusion of his suspension, and while I'm not sure he'll leave New Orleans, the whole situation does give him a great deal of leverage in negotiating a new deal. If the season continues in its current course, the Dallas Cowboys, among others, will be looking for a new head coach. Jason Garrett needs a remarkable turnaround in the second half of 2012 to save his job, and I don't think he has a team talented enough to pull it off, especially in a tough division such as the NFC East. The Cowboys have always been willing to pay big money for big names under Jerry Jones, and that simple truth will drive the price tag for Sean Payton's services sky high. As it stands, some of the top coaches in American sports currently make about $7 million per year. That number continues to rise, and with Sean Payton's star power, Jerry Jones would likely be willing to top Bill Belichick's top mark of $7.5 million by a considerable margin. In short, Payton may be breaking the $10 million mark. It sounds like a ton of money, but it's not out of the question. There are a few questions that do remain to be answered. The first and foremost question is, will Sean Payton look elsewhere to gain leverage in any negotiations? The other pressing matter is, would Payton seriously consider leaving New Orleans for a bigger paycheck? The answer, in my opinion, to both questions is yes. Sean Payton has done more for the Saints' franchise than any other man in the team's history. It would be crazy for him to not push for a big paycheck. It's still not set in stone that Jerry Jones will show interest in Payton, but it seems likely that he'd take a long, hard look at Payton if Jason Garrett is dismissed. The Saints and the City of New Orleans love Sean Payton, but I'm not sure that Tom Benson would be willing to match an astronomical offer from the Cowboys. If that holds true, Payton may have to make a move to Dallas for a huge check. There's no question in my mind that Roger Goodell did Sean Payton a huge favor by nullifying Payton's contract with the Saints. The move freed him up to look for outside employment, a more importantly leverage. He'll enter the offseason as the biggest free agent in football, players included, and if he plays his cards right, the entire situation should result in a big pay raise for one of the sharpest coaches in the league. [follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

New York Rangers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot

Victorino: I plan on playing every day for Red Sox in 2015

The Rams are still planning on drafting a quarterback

Howard willing to make 'ultimate sacrifice' to help Rockets

Pacquiao bought P. Diddy’s house for $12.5M, fight tickets

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

The Seahawks are already winning the NFL Draft

Fiancée takes stand at Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

Thunder announce Kevin Durant to miss rest of season

Jeremy Maclin says he still believes in Chip Kelly

Mike Weber on Sabres fans cheering loss: 'A whole new low'

Michael Sam: 'I'm not the only gay person in the NFL'

Support for relocation growing among NFL powers

Mother says special needs son forced to remove varsity letter

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Minnesota Timberwolves: Should they tank?

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

Twins to offer $19 Bloody Mary with pizza slice garnish

Ranking the NBA's hottest coaching seats

The beginning of the end for Notre Dame

An identity in flux: Harden and the collective consciousness

LeBron James makes Fortune’s list of 50 greatest world leaders

Five under-the-radar National League MVP candidates

Five bizarre NFL offseason moves that don't add up

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

The last Expo standing

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

MLB teams that could disappoint

25 years ago, the best Sweet 16 of all time was pure madness

The 2015 bad quarterback carousel

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.