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Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (52) / 12/29/1963
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200

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Coach Sean Payton will return to the Saints in 2016.
Payton has two years left on his contract, so he wasn't going to be able to force his way out. He and GM Mickey Loomis recently met and decided to keep moving forward. The Giants and 49ers were thought to be highly interested in Payton, with the Eagles also keeping track of the situation. Next season might be a make-or-break year for Payton. He's posted back-to-back 7-9 seasons. With Payton returning, Drew Brees should also be back at quarterback. Jan 6 - 2:59 PM

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Giants CEO John Mara would not rule out trading a draft pick for a coach.

Mara is almost certainly referring to Sean Payton, who reportedly can be had for a second-round pick. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday Payton was "monitoring the situation" in New York, which means he is likely interested in the job now that Tom Coughlin has resigned. Several other teams are rumored to be interested as well.
Jan 5 - 11:06 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Colts did not have conversations with Sean Payton or his agent before re-signing Chuck Pagano.

This refutes a report from The Tribune-Star's Tom James, who said talks between the Colts and Payton broke down before owner Jim Irsay decided to re-sign Pagano. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Colts expressed interest in Payton, but negotiations might not have taken place. Either way, the Colts have already committed to Pagano for the long term, and Payton likely remains available for the right offer.
Jan 5 - 10:38 AM

The Tribune-Star's Tom James reports the Colts negotiated with Saints coach Sean Payton before re-signing Chuck Pagano.

This is interesting for two reasons. First, it confirms the Colts were not sold on Pagano as recently as this week. Second, it confirms Sean Payton is available on the trade market. With the Saints reportedly only looking for a second-round pick as compensation, almost every team with a vacancy will kick the tires on a potential trade in the coming weeks.
Jan 5 - 10:07 AM's Ian Rapoport reports Saints coach Sean Payton is "monitoring the situation" with the Giants.

"Very closely," Rapsheet added for emphasis. We don't doubt that a coach who is rumored to want to move on is monitoring the best opening in football. Payton can "monitor" all he wants, but it could mean nothing if the Saints can't find trade compensation they approve of.
Jan 4 - 3:01 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints want a second-round pick in exchange for Sean Payton.

A coaching trade has not happened in the NFL since Jon Gruden was traded from the Raiders to the Bucs after the 2001 season, although the Browns and 49ers came close to a deal for Jim Harbaugh two years ago. A second-round pick would be considerably less than what the Bucs gave away for Gruden, but it would likely be just one of a package of picks the Saints ask for in return for their Super-Bowl-winning coach. The Saints appear open to moving Payton, and there should be plenty of teams interested.
Jan 4 - 8:51 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen report the 49ers are expected to "explore the idea of hiring" Sean Payton for their head-coaching vacancy.

This, of course, assumes Payton would have interest in working under tyrannical GM Trent Baalke, who shooed away perennial winner Jim Harbaugh in favor of line coach Jim Tomsula, whom Baalke proceeded to fire after one year on the job. Although it would be nice to live out in sunny San Francisco, we'd be stunned if Payton gave serious consideration to coaching on Baalke's watch.
Jan 3 - 10:23 PM

The Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Domowitch reports the Eagles will pursue Saints coach Sean Payton if he becomes available.

The Saints are not going to fire Payton, but there have been persistent rumors he will be available for trade. The Eagles would not be the only team interested if Payton became available, but it is still unclear if anyone would be willing to pay the Saints' asking price. The Eagles look poised to move quickly in their coaching search, so we will likely know if this rumor has any juice in the next week.
Jan 3 - 9:21 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport mentioned the Chargers as a potential landing spot for Sean Payton if he leaves the Saints.

Payton recently said he plans to coach the Saints "long past this season" so take this report with a grain of salt. The Chargers could be headed to Los Angeles and it's unclear if Mike McCoy will return as coach. According to Rapsheet, Payton has privately discussed the possibility of joining the Chargers, so he appears to be at least somewhat interested. Payton's status will be a storyline to watch this offseason.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 10:11:00 AM

Sean Payton said he sees himself coaching the Saints "long past this season."

"This is where I call home. I just finished building a home here. I’m close enough to my son back in Dallas where I’m pretty much back there once a week or he’s over here; my daughter is off in college now," Payton said. "So, I see myself coaching this team long past this season." Despite rampant speculation about his future, Payton has consistently expressed a desire to stay in New Orleans. Still, expect his name to be linked to almost every open job as the coaching carousel spins in January.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 10:14:00 AM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Larry Holder believes Sean Payton will "test his options" this offseason if the Saints do not "show significant improvement."

The team is not going to significantly improve over the final month of the season, so the improvement Holder is talking about may be on an organizational or roster level. New Orleans has been living in cap purgatory for several seasons, and it is not going to get any better next year unless they find some way to reduce Drew Brees' $30 million cap hit. The Saints could save $20 million of that number by trading Brees, but that would leave Payton in the midst of a rebuild in an organization with a shaky ownership situation. It is unlikely Payton wants to go down that road, and it is difficult to see the light getting much brighter at the end of the tunnel without a drastic move. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported New Orleans is open to trading their coach, and it would not be surprising if a deal was struck early in the offseason.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 11:52:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Saints will not fire Sean Payton, but the team would be open to trading their head coach.

The Saints scuttling the idea of firing Payton does not necessarily mean they want him to stay around. Payton would be a hot commodity if he ever hit the open market, so it makes more sense for the Saints to attempt to get something in return rather than firing him outright. La Canfora reports the Dolphins are "very interested" in Payton, but every team with an opening this offseason would likely give the Saints at least a call. Payton has two years remaining on his deal.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 12:04:00 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports the Dolphins "have interest" in Saints coach Sean Payton, Bengals OC Hue Jackson, and UCLA coach Jim Mora for their head-coaching vacancy.

Payton is reportedly seriously considering leaving the Saints at season's end amid the legal drama with the team's ownership situation. Once/if he does depart, there will be no shortage of suitors lining up to talk to him after he and Drew Brees pulled the Saints out of the gutter post-Hurricane Katrina. Hue Jackson also figures to be very likely to land a head-coaching gig, while Mora has long been mentioned among NFL circles after spending the past four years at UCLA.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Yahoo Sports reports there's a "steadily increasing possibility" that coach Sean Payton leaves the Saints in the offseason.

Payton's future appears tied up with the legal drama unfolding amongst Saints ownership. If owner Tom Benson loses control of the team to his children, it appears Payton will walk (he has a clause in his contract allowing him to do so). Ian Rapoport has reported Payton could be allowed to walk regardless of ownership. Yahoo, ESPN and NFL Network have all now reported that Payton could be moving on, providing smoke that could easily lead to fire. Payton is in his ninth season in New Orleans.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 01:45:00 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Saints "would be inclined" to let Sean Payton out of his contract if he wanted to become a coaching free agent after the season.

Rapoport also specified that Payton has a "change of control" clause in his contract that frees him from his deal if owner Tom Benson is no longer in charge of the team. Regardless, it sounds like the two sides are preparing to part ways after the season. The Dolphins have been linked to Payton since the team fired Joe Philbin last month.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 10:38:00 AM

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