Tony Romo plays football with Sean Payton


Let the speculation begin.

Over the July 4th weekend, Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Bobby Carpenter and Saints coach Sean Payton played football in WaterColor, Fla. Now you could say, "Why would Romo and Witten play football with the Saints coach?"

Well, Payton was on the Cowboys' staff when Romo, as well as Witten, first got to Dallas. Carpenter is best friends with Witten and Romo and was a groomsman at the quarterback's wedding.

Yes, coaches can't have contact with players and agents, but sometimes those lines are blurred, especially during social and charity events. No harm.

But the people in New Orleans might think Payton is trying to become close with Romo. With about two years left on his contract, it's been speculated that Payton -- if he struggles in New Orleans -- would try to get the Cowboys' job if Jason Garrett doesn't handle his business in the next two seasons.

It's an interesting discussion to have about the next Cowboys coach when the current one hasn't gotten started yet. It seems unfair as well, but when Payton moved his family to the Dallas area, it pushed Saints fans over the top.

As for the football game, Payton did admit things got heated.

"I played a little safety, a little wide receiver and Romo was struggling at quarterback so I went in and threw him a touchdown pass," Payton told sportsNOLA.com. "Aikman led his team on a two-minute drive that ended up tying the game. After about a half an hour, the adults were ready to quit and the kids were screaming for more. But it was fun."