Amid a report that Saints coach Sean Payton could/will be a free agent after the season, Payton has spoken.
Via Jay Glazer of FOX, Payton says he “absolutely plans” on returning to the Saints in 2013, despite his contractual status.
Of course, the key word is “plans.” Plans have a way of changing, especially if the Saints don’t offer Payton what he thinks he’s worth — and if Payton decides to let the market set his value.
In the end, that’s what this could be all about: Leverage. If Payton can walk away, he can get more money to stay. Especially since the team is 2-5 without him.