The right outcome, in our view, would be to consider reinstatement now. Payton has missed his season. With offensive line coach Aaron Kromer gone, the Saints need to replace him. But Payton can have no involvement in that until he is reinstated. If that doesn’t happen until after the Super Bowl, the Saints may end up with someone other than whoever it is they want.
With the Super Bowl festivities descending on New Orleans soon, the pressure on the league office to consider the reinstatement will only increase. Some believe that, at a certain level, the delay traces to a personal conflict between Goodell and Payton. Regardless, the one-year suspension is now potentially impacting future years, given the impact on Payton’s ability to fill the holes on his staff.