It should come as no surprise that an NFL team is interested in bringing Nick Saban back to the professional ranks.
Would the Alabama coach finally bite this time?
The Indianapolis Colts have Saban on their radar as they look to potentially replace coach Chuck Pagano, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Pagano’s contract expires at the end of this season and there have been no reported talks of an extension being worked out between the coach and the team.
Saban has shot down any interest in returning to the NFL, since he went 15-17 in two seasons as coach of the Miami Dolphins, despite annual reports of teams pursuing him.
Taking a position with the Colts may pique Saban’s interest, as he would have a chance to build a team around one of the league’s top young quarterbacks in Andrew Luck.
Another interesting factor may be what the Colts decide to do with general manager Ryan Grigson.
Grigson’s future in Indianapolis remains up in the air, and Saban may want a prominent role within the front office.
As Saban prepares Alabama for a national championship game showdown with Clemson on Jan. 11, it is highly unlikely he’ll even acknowledge rumors linking him back to the NFL.
Interestingly enough, the person Saban will be coaching against next Monday in the championship, Dabo Swinney, who would presumably be a candidate to replace him in Tuscaloosa, Ala., if he ever left.