According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Miami Dolphins were prepared to offer Sean Payton a massive contract to be their head coach.
The Miami Dolphins needed a new head coach after they fired Brian Flores. While they did hire Mike McDaniel, reports indicated that the team was interested in Sean Payton, who retired as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. But just how serious were they in trying to land Payton?
According to a report from Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (subscription required), the Dolphins were prepared to offer Payton a five-year, $100 million contract to be their next head coach.
That’s right, they were ready to pay the former Super Bowl-winning head coach $20 million a year.
Dolphins were prepared to offer Sean Payton a nine-figure contract to be their head coach
It has been reported that Miami had a grand plan to help put their team over the top this offseason. It would be bringing in Payton to be their head coach, and Tom Brady as their quarterback.
Obviously, that never came to fruition, as Payton is still retired and Brady came out of his one-month-long retirement to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Dolphins hired McDaniel, the former offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, to be their next sideline boss. That, and Miami is sticking with Tua Tagovailoa under center for the 2022 campaign, as they gave him a ton of help in terms of personnel (wide receiver Tyreek Hill, offensive tackle Terron Armstead).
While Payton is not coaching in 2022, you best believe that teams in need of a head coach will call him next offseason to gauge his interest. But would they be willing to offer a nine-figure contract like the Dolphins were reportedly set to do? That remains to be seen.