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Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (53) / 12/29/1963
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
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Saints hired Curtis Johnson as WRs coach.
He's replacing John Morton, who left to become the Jets' offensive coordinator. The Saints also hired Ryan Nielsen to replace fired DL coach Bill Johnson. This is Johnson's second stint as the Saints' WRs coach, a position he held from 2006-11. Johnson served as Chicago's WRs coach last season but was dismissed after the season. He'll have plenty to work with in New Orleans, where Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas are both coming off phenomenal seasons. Feb 9 - 6:34 PM

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Saints fired assistant head coach Joe Vitt, special teams coordinator Greg McMahon and DL coach Bill Johnson.

Assistant special teams coach Stan Kwan and defensive assistant James Willis have also been let go. Bloodletting assistants has become an annual rite of passage for coach Sean Payton as his team continues to struggle on defense and special teams. DC Dennis Allen should have leeway in picking some of his new lieutenants. The moves are, of course, an indication Payton will be remaining in New Orleans.
Jan 5 - 5:30 PM

When asked about his future in New Orleans, Saints coach Sean Payton said, "I definitely plan on being back here."

Payton has four years remaining on his contract and plans on "honoring that." It was natural to think Payton might want a change of scenery with six head coaching jobs open and New Orleans coming off its third straight 7-9 finish. But the Saints still have Drew Brees and also have an exciting young receiver in Michael Thomas. In the end, that was more appealing to Payton than starting over somewhere else. Payton has been with the Saints since 2006.
Jan 2 - 8:34 PM

Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the Rams will seek permission to speak with Saints coach Sean Payton about their coaching vacancy.

Holder also reports GM Mickey Loomis is open to trading Payton. Loomis and Payton met for about an hour after Sunday's season finale to discuss the coach's future. Payton seems to be linked with a move away from New Orleans every offseason, but this one might actually have some legs. The Rams have already been linked with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels and Jaguars interim coach Doug Marrone among others.
Jan 2 - 9:23 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there is "mutual interest" between the Rams and coach Sean Payton.

Payton has been linked to coaching trades with various teams, including the Giants, Colts, and 49ers most recently, over the past few years. Payton was born in California, but grew up in Illinois. He's been openly flirting with other teams for a while now, and Saints GM Mickey Loomis may decided now is the time to trade him after another failed season. New Orleans hasn't made the playoffs since 2013. The Rams don't have many 2017 draft picks to deal for Payton.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 1 - 11:13 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Saints coach Sean Payton is "monitoring" the Rams job.

Here we go again. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported last Sunday the Saints would be open to trading Payton this offseason, and the Rams seem like a likely destination if that deal was to go down. We heard the exact same rumors last year -- Rapoport even reported Payton was "monitoring" the Giants job -- however, and nothing ever came of it. That does not mean Payton will stay put this year or Rapoport's reports are incorrect, but it is a reminder to treat coaching carousel rumors with something of a grain of salt.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 07:54:00 AM

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Saints would be open to trading head coach Sean Payton this offseason.

The Saints are 5-8 this season and it appears that Drew Brees, who has one year remaining on his contract, might not be long for New Orleans. The same goes for Payton as the Saints appear to be headed for a full-fledged rebuild. With ownership questions and a tricky cap situation to contend with, getting Brees' contract off the books could save New Orleans a much-needed $40 million. Payton was pursued by the Dolphins and 49ers last offseason before agreeing to a five-year extension through 2020. With Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh reportedly uninterested, Payton could be a name to watch as the Rams look to fill their head coaching vacancy.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 10:07:00 AM

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.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 02:23:00 PM

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.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 09:03:00 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.
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 02:51:00 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.
Wed, Jan 6, 2016 02:59:00 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.
Tue, Jan 5, 2016 11:06:00 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.
Tue, Jan 5, 2016 10:38:00 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.
Tue, Jan 5, 2016 10:07:00 AM

NFL.com'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.
Mon, Jan 4, 2016 03:01:00 PM

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