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

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Saints OC Pete Carmichael called the team's plays in Week 1.
The Saints piled up 507 yards and 34 points on a supposedly improved Raiders defense, though somehow lost the game. Coach Sean Payton left the door open for his lieutenant to continue calling plays. "It is a week-to-week thing," Payton said. "I will still be very much involved in a handful of those calls and so it is an operation for us, this is year 10 or 11 now that we will just handle week to week." Payton has dabbled with surrendering play-calling in the past, but never given it up full time. Carmichael's Week 1 work likely earned him an extended audition. Sep 13 - 2:23 PM

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Saints agreed to terms with coach Sean Payton on a new five-year contract.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports it's worth "in excess" of $45 million. Payton was rumored to be on his way out of New Orleans after last season, drawing interest from the 49ers, Eagles, and Giants. But he's going to stick around for another half decade to try and right the ship in the twilight of Drew Brees' career. Payton is the NFL's third-longest-tenured head coach behind Bill Belichick and Marvin Lewis.
Mar 23 - 9:03 AM

Coach Sean Payton tells Profootballtalk he's "close to finalizing" a new contract with the Saints.

Payton, who has two years left on his existing deal, said he expects to remain with the Saints for "at least the next four or five years." The sides nearly divorced after the season, while Payton has long seemed to have one eye on the horizon. Another lackluster year could finally break the marriage's back.
Feb 25 - 2:51 PM

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

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

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