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Saints insist Sean Payton will be back in 2013

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter arguably had the Sunday pregame car wash story of the year today, reporting that Saints coach Sean Payton’s contract extension, signed in September 2011, was rejected by the league office at some point within the past year.

Schefter also reported that Payton will become a free agent in 2013, notwithstanding the possibility that the last year of Payton’s contract (i.e., this year) arguably has tolled due to his suspension.

Regardless of the contractual niceties, a league source tells PFT that the Saints are adamant that Payton will return as the head coach in 2013, after Payton’s suspension ends.

Whether that happens because Payton’s current contract tolls or his new contract is tweaked and approved or a separate new contract is negotiated or he becomes a free agent and re-signs while on the market, the Saints believe he will be back when his suspension ends.

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16 Responses to “Saints insist Sean Payton will be back in 2013”
  1. gvicknair says: Nov 4, 2012 7:28 PM

    I certainly hope so!!!!!

  2. phillyphever says: Nov 4, 2012 7:40 PM

    He may return, but it’s gonna cost Benson a lot of money to get him to resign.

  3. dacharger1 says: Nov 4, 2012 7:59 PM

    Umm..that is a terrible photo..Lolololol. But again, If another franchise offers him a bigger contract and gives him full control, he may walk for a fresh start..Brees is not getting any younger…

  4. purplegreenandgold says: Nov 4, 2012 8:03 PM

    Schefter certainly earned his fantasy points today!

  5. tonyc920 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:04 PM

    HELLO New York !! Jets or the Giants ? I’ll say the Jets.

  6. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:06 PM

    He’d be a fool to leave for Dallas. In NO he has a GM and owner who he works very well with and has a great QB. In Dallas I dont know that that combination is there.

  7. jonny42671 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:06 PM

    Lance Armstrong and Roger Clemons as his assistants. Perfect!’

  8. bender4700 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:36 PM

    Doesn’t Dallas have to fire the Head Coach prodigy the over pay before he could go to Dallas?

    Payton will coach the Saints. The NFL is the only side with a problem with the contract. They’ll delete that sentence, and all will be good in New Orleans. Well except that defense.

  9. skins1982 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:02 PM

    Snyders personal jet just took off.

  10. evilbilly3 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:05 PM

    At least Payton won’t count against the salary cap, but yeah Benson will pay a lot for him.

  11. wayupsouth says: Nov 4, 2012 9:06 PM

    Snyder? He’s a young, even dumber Jerrah. If he ain’t goin’ to Dallas, he ain’t goin’ to DC.

  12. melikefootball says: Nov 4, 2012 9:11 PM

    Always thought he was a gret coach but all the bounty stuff as tarnished this coaching staff.

  13. beaudan says: Nov 4, 2012 9:20 PM

    No contract because pending divorce?

  14. larryjames836 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:34 PM

    New Orleans Saints owner take care of his employees if he gave Drew Brees a 100 million and he the QB. I’m sure he will give Sean Payton what is rightfully do to him, Sean Payton is the best head coach in the NFL. Tom Benson is the man 2013 you will see Sean Payton in the BIG EASY not in Dallas Jerry Jones money not going to buy Sean Payton he done been there.

  15. burlbradley says: Nov 4, 2012 11:31 PM

    Anybody see 12 year old Jay Cutler standing behind him?

  16. darkangel400 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:19 PM

    All benson is going to do is give Sean Payton back the money he lost in this season in a big bonus check.

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