Cowboys Had Trade In Place For Sean Payton In 2019, But Anthony Davis Screwed It Up
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Well, here's a wild story. Apparently, the Dallas Cowboys had a trade in place to get Saints head coach Sean Payton back in 2019, but New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis wanting to get out town himself, botched up the whole deal. Per Pro Football Talk...
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The year was 2019. The month, January. The Cowboys had won 10 of 16 games, along with a wild-card contest against the Seahawks. They lost to the Rams in the divisional round, 30-22. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones contemplated an upgrade from coach Jason Garrett to Sean Payton. Jones wanted to pull the trigger. Payton did, too. Things unfolded quickly. The Saints had played in the NFC Championship, losing to the Rams on January 20. That week, Jones quietly made his move.

It was a delicate situation, for various reasons. First, the Cowboys had a coach. Jones wouldn’t have fired Garrett unless he knew he could have gotten Payton. Second, league rules (specifically, the Rooney Rule) require a diverse and inclusive search. Third, Jones had to ultimately know that, after going through the motions of a search, he’d be able to get Payton. So a deal was worked out, behind the scenes. The Saints would have allowed the Cowboys to hire Payton. The Cowboys would have compensated the Saints for the rights to Payton’s contract. And Payton would have signed a new contract with the Cowboys.

It was ready to go. It was happening. It was locked, and it was loaded. Then came Monday, January 28. On that day, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis announced he would not sign another contract with the team, and he requested a trade. (In July, the Pelicans traded him to the Lakers.) Gayle Benson owns both the Pelicans and the Saints. Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis was, as of January 2019, the executive vice president of basketball operations with the Pelicans. Once Davis made clear his intention to leave New Orleans, Loomis told Payton that Loomis couldn’t be the common thread between a pair of such high-profile Louisiana departures.

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Everybody wants out of NOLA
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Has there been a trade like this for a coach in the NFL before? So is this article saying how teams can get around all the hurdles they faced?
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What does a "diverse and inclusive" search entail?
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Parading a token negro around the office, and local restaurant for a few hours. Then maybe throw him some coin for his time.
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All this Payton stuff stinks. This dude is going to Dallas
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Fine. It’ll cost them.
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Yeah, a few things in his press conference didn't make sense. He basically never gave a reason for leaving and denied it was burnout. He's gonna take a year off to "rest" and use that as the excuse to go to Dallas.
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My god anthony Davis is one ugly motherfricker. Thank god he's rich, because theres not way he's fricking if he's a civilian.
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tar flap
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