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Payton’s contract might not be resolved quickly

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Given that the Saints have permission to finalize their contract extension with coach Sean Payton now and that no other team can talk to him until his suspension ends after the Super Bowl, Payton’s current employer has a huge advantage when it comes to the question of continuing his employment.

But that doesn’t mean they’ll wrap things up quickly.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that G.M. Mickey Loomis, whose suspension ended the moment the final gun sounded to cap Monday night’s win over the Eagles, won’t rush to get the deal done.

In theory, the approach makes sense.  If the Saints are too anxious to get a deal done, Payton gets more leverage — and in turn more money.  That said, Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com has reported that owner Tom Benson already plans to make Payton the highest-paid coach in the NFL.

If Loomis waits too long to iron things out, and if Payton inches closer to the open market, there could be a point where Payton decides to let the market determine his value.  As we’ve previously explained, the fact that another team can’t even talk to Payton until February will make it much more difficult (and risky) for a team like the Cowboys or Eagles to wait for a crack at Payton.

It also raises the possibility of tampering and/or a violation of the terms of Payton’s suspension, via secret communications aimed at determining Payton’s terms and intentions well before February.

The team has an ace in the hole, if push comes to shove.  As we explained the moment the story broke, any dispute regarding whether the final year of Payton’s contract carries over to 2013 given his suspension ultimately would be determined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.  Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that neither the team nor Payton have filed a request for Goodell to resolve the issue.  If that happens, Goodell will naturally be inclined to find in favor of the team, especially since the departure of Payton from New Orleans would result in even more criticism of the league office and Goodell specifically.

Ultimately, Payton could file a challenge in court to the arbitration decision, advancing the same arguments that the suspended players in the bounty case have articulated regarding Goodell’s alleged bias against Payton.

Until the situation is resolved via a new contract for Payton, Saints fans have every right to be nervous.  That’s why it makes sense for the Saints to get this thing done sooner rather than later.

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14 Responses to “Payton’s contract might not be resolved quickly”
  1. packownsu says: Nov 6, 2012 8:11 PM

    I didn’t know Payton was so important for that putrid defense, oh ya he isn’t.

  2. legeisyaj says: Nov 6, 2012 8:11 PM

    Over-rated.

  3. sprest83 says: Nov 6, 2012 8:12 PM

    It is only between two teams and thats it. Saints and Cowboys. Ed Werder also said that Payton would love to coach the Cowboys. His family and home is in Dallas, the thought of being further away is not appealing to him.

  4. fuglyflorio says: Nov 6, 2012 8:26 PM

    Is there nothing about the Saints that isn’t dirty and sleazy ?

  5. samapoc says: Nov 6, 2012 8:36 PM

    Payton would never want to deal with Jerry Jones, the GM. The reason the NFL voided his contract in the first place was because it gave him the power to opt out if Loomis ever left the Saints organization.

  6. marcinhouston says: Nov 6, 2012 8:39 PM

    If Goodell is letting Payton negotiate with the Saints during his suspension, it is likely he would ley Payton negiate with any team once the Saints season ends, not wait for the Super Bowl when his suspension ends. Also, do not assume Goodell will rule in favor of the Saints to look moderate, he has never ruled in favor of the Saints on anything before and probably never will. The only players who he reduced the suspensions for were the ones no longer on the Saints.

  7. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 6, 2012 9:42 PM

    Yeah I don’t believe Goodell will be motivated by preserving the image of being fair and impartial.

  8. larryjames836 says: Nov 6, 2012 9:56 PM

    marcinhouston; you are truly right Roger Goodell will never rule in favor of the Saints on anything before and probably never will. In the bounty suspension the 2 players for Saints suspension wasn’t reduced, marcinhouston a lot of people’s can’t see what Roger Goodell are doing. To my understanding Tom Benson and Sean Payton had a contract deal that ran through 2015 I don’t understand why the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell treating the Saints that way do you have any ideal.

  9. choppa2lis says: Nov 6, 2012 10:11 PM

    so sick of clueless posters in here, for spreast83, and for all of the other bozos who keep saying that payton lives in dallas and his family is in dallas, newsflash, he doesnt LIVE IN DALLAS ANYMORE! He put his house in DALLAS FOR SALE and moved back to louisiana. why dont you people do some research before saying moronic crap for once

  10. jimbo75025 says: Nov 7, 2012 3:00 AM

    choppa2lis says:Nov 6, 2012 10:11 PM

    so sick of clueless posters in here, for spreast83, and for all of the other bozos who keep saying that payton lives in dallas and his family is in dallas, newsflash, he doesnt LIVE IN DALLAS ANYMORE! He put his house in DALLAS FOR SALE and moved back to louisiana. why dont you people do some research before saying moronic crap for once
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    Yet, he is still coaching his sons youth football team in the Dallas area? He only bought that house a year or so ago !

  11. pabrownsfan says: Nov 7, 2012 8:06 AM

    Attention all Saints fans. I will trade you two Pat Shurmurs for one Sean Payton!

  12. gtodriver says: Nov 7, 2012 8:40 AM

    marcinhouston says:

    If Goodell is letting Payton negotiate with the Saints during his suspension, it is likely he would ley Payton negiate with any team once the Saints season ends, not wait for the Super Bowl when his suspension ends. Also, do not assume Goodell will rule in favor of the Saints to look moderate, he has never ruled in favor of the Saints on anything before and probably never will. The only players who he reduced the suspensions for were the ones no longer on the Saints.

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    I agree that if the Saints and Payton don’t get this deal done before the end of the season, Goodell just might allow any team to contact him after the Saints play their last game.

    But this conspiracy you speak of – where the only players to get a reduction are no longer Saints is blatantly false.

    Vilma, who had been given the longest suspension had his suspension effectively reduced. The commissioner could have ruled that his suspension would carry over to the 2013 season, but he didn’t.

    I would think everyone would be aware of that as it’s been well reported here and on virtually any source involved in sports.

    Maybe Tagliabue will do the right thing and have the suspension (when it’s finally final) term fully served – as it should – without any pay.

  13. sb44champs says: Nov 7, 2012 8:55 AM

    Payton will be the coaching the Saints since Brees just signed for the remainder of his career… He would never leave a Top 3 QB!!

  14. spfreak says: Nov 7, 2012 9:04 AM

    The thing that totally bothers me the most is that the NFL has been relentless with their approach on the Saints these past few months. Relentless.
    Adding this new sideshow circus distraction midseason is just pathetic. Could they diminish the competitive balance any further, don’t stop now… why stop now?? Go more NFL… more! Idiots. The whole lot of them. The NFL and the most importantly, NFL owners, should be ashamed for letting this circus continue. Too bad owner Benson does not carry the same weight as Kraft – take that to the bank! Had it been Kraft, do you really think this saga would continue as it has thus far? Not!!

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