Panthers receive permission to speak with former Saints HC Sean Payton

A new name has entered the chat for the Carolina Panthers’ head coaching position. And of the 11 known candidates, active in consideration or otherwise, it’s the biggest name yet.

As first reported by ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter on Sunday afternoon, the Carolina Panthers and owner David Tepper have received permission to speak with former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton about their vacancy.

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Payton coached the NFC South rival Saints for 15 seasons—a tenure which resulted in a 152-89 record. His run also brought New Orleans six division titles and a Super Bowl XLIV victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the 2009 campaign.

Although Payton spent the 2022 season away from the sidelines as a studio analyst for FOX, he remains under contract with the Saints through 2024. For the Panthers to hire the 59-year-old, they’ll have to agree to trade compensation with their NFC South rivals.

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Story originally appeared on Panthers Wire