Originally written on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Earlier this week, the NFL decided to invalidate the contract extension Sean Payton signed with the New Orleans Saints. Whether or not you want to think NFL Commissioner Roger "The Hammer" Goodell overstepped his boundaries is another debate, but Sean Payton has a big decision to make now that he is staring at free agency.

Payton and the Lombardi trophy

This will be one of the more closely watched free agency discussions this offseason, and it doesn't even involve a player. What in the world is Sean Payton going to do?

Option 1: Hit the free agent market.Many are speculating that Payton would be a great fit in Dallas. He was an offensive coordinator there prior to taking the head coaching gig in New Orleans. And his family still lives in Dallas. "ZOMG!! He's going to sign with the Cowboys!" And we all know Jerry Jones has deep pockets and will pay someone this offseason. If the Cowboys miss the playoffs, Jason Garrett is a dead man walking. So sure, the Cowboys are in play if Payton walks. So are the Chiefs, Chargers, Bills, Bengals, and.....

Option 2: He stays in New Orleans.For all the talk about Payton bolting to the Cowboys, they seem to be forgetting one thing. This is still Payton's team. He helped build this team, and they're still running his offense. Drew Brees is a quick-strike tactician, and can run the 2-minute offense at any time.  And don't forget, Brees signed a 5-year, $100 million deal in July. I'm sure the Saints aren't willing to part with that much money just to let his head coach walk. Yes, the Saints will still have to offer him a worthy contract. And they should. Football fans witnessed the Saints stumble out of the gate to start the season. They've gotten their footing now, and are making a late dash towards the playoffs. But you could easily see how much the Saints missed him the first four weeks of the season.

For all of the talk surrounding Payton and the Saints bounty program, this will be another test of Payton's character. Sure, we'd all like to get paid a few million, but on the other hand, we will all be watching to see if he runs away from the Saints and a team he helped build or comes back to take the reigns.

Besides, who would you rather have as your quarterback? Tony Romo or Drew Brees?

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ray Rice wins appeal, can sign with any team

Ohio governor decrees playoff committee honorary Ohioans

Lance Stephenson becoming a problem with the Hornets?

Tony Romo: I promise I'll be better next week

Seahawks could wait to address Russell Wilson's contract

Report: SMU football to hire Clemson offensive coordinator

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Dez Bryant: Eagles were ‘kinda cheap’

Hockey goalie rushes into stands to perform CPR on fan

49ers CEO Jed York apologizes for unacceptable performance

Family searching for missing Ohio State football player

CM Punk opens up about leaving WWE, says he'll never return

Manny Pacquiao responds to Floyd Mayweather diss

What if the Chargers refused to trade Eli Manning?

Why is there a red seat hanging in the Mall of America?

WATCH: Mickey Rourke TKO’d a man half his age in Moscow

What's next for the 49ers?

The most tone-deaf tweet ever?

Five bold predictions for Week 13 in the NFL

Brady Quinn pens 'note' to Jets quarterback Geno Smith

Bills center Eric Wood gained 7.4 pounds at Thanksgiving

Cubs reliever somehow OK after being involved in awful accident

Seahawks players throw shade at 49ers after victory

Five takeaways from NFL's Thanksgiving Day action

Things to be thankful for in the NBA this season

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.

What if the Chargers didn't trade Eli?

Dez Bryant: Eagles were ‘kinda cheap’

Ray Rice wins appeal, can sign with any team

What's next for the 49ers?

The most tone-deaf tweet ever?

Is Lance a problem for the Hornets?

5 NFL takeaways from Thanksgiving

WATCH: Ronda Rousey talks Eminem

CM Punk opens up about leaving WWE

Wrigley renovation may be delayed

Steelers could have been America's Team

John Beilein upset with ESPN

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.