It’s obvious that he is not accepting any position with the Cowboys now, but the move to Dallas may indicate that he is opening up to the possibility to do so at some point in the future.
This is not the first time that Payton’s name has come up as a candidate for a position with the Cowboys.
At the end of the regular season this year several sources began to report that Jones had his eye on Payton as the next head coach, of course Jones would move on to leave interim head coach Jason Garret installed as the permanent coach.
Payton was the quarterback coach/offensive coordinator in Dallas from 2003 to 2005 and it was thought he was in line to assume the head coaching duties with the Cowboys at some point.
Instead the Saints hired Payton prior to the 2006 season and the rest, as they say, is history.
You can be sure however that Jones would be happy to let him back in the fold with the Cowboys, but for now I think Payton is happy with the Saints and his chances at more successful seasons down the road. It’s a little too early for him to throw in the towel as an NFL head coach.