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NFL insider believes Houston Texans have a strong chance of landing Sean Payton

One notable NFL insider believes the Houston Texans have a very good chance of acquiring former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

After three straight years posting double-digit losses, including a 3-13-1 result this season, the Houston Texans are again in the midst of a major organizational shift. Following a surprise victory over the Indianapolis Colts to end the season, the team chose to cut ties with head coach Lovie Smith after only one season on the job.

Now, the franchise must try and find the individual that can come in and bring a winning culture back to an organization that has dealt with many lean seasons during its twenty-year existence. So far, the organization has based most of its search around assistants and coordinator candidates from around the league.

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The Texans spoke with coveted Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson — before he removed his name from consideration — and have asked permission to talk with top coordinators from playoff teams the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. However, one NFL insider believes they have what it takes to land the biggest name on the market.

Houston Texans may have the most potential among Sean Payton suitors

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This week, the Houston Texans are also expected to speak with Super Bowl-winning head coach Sean Payton — the most sought-after candidate on the coaching market. The 59-year-old is also being courted by several teams, including the Denver Broncos, and the Texans have not been seen as a front-runner to secure his rights.

However, on Wednesday, ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler explained why he believes Houston is actually the best fit for the retired coach.

“I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m going with Houston for the best option. Houston has 11 picks in this year’s draft, including the second and 12th overall selections, along with nearly $40 million in cap space and some intriguing players. It’s a rebuild, but one Payton would have time to make into a champion. This is a job on Payton’s radar. And, I’m guessing Houston is desperate enough for a winner that he could have a major influence on personnel.”

– Jeremy Fowler

The horde of draft picks that the Houston Texans own is notable because any team that agrees to a contract with Sean Payton will then have to compensate the Saints. Who still hold his contractual rights.

The ability to offer strong compensation, but still have many valuable picks left and cap space available is very enticing and makes Houston a team with serious short and long-term potential.

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