Gayle Benson admits uncertainty about Sean Payton’s future

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A report Sunday indicated coach Sean Payton has not committed to a return to the Saints for 2022. Payton is mulling a “mini-retirement” after a trying season, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Saints owner Gayle Benson confirmed Monday the team doesn’t know Payton’s plans.

We don’t know,” Benson told Sean Fazende of FOX 8. “You know, who knows? We’ll find out soon enough, I guess. I don’t think any of us know, but he’ll let us know soon enough.”

Payton has three years remaining on his contract, and the Saints are entitled to compensation if he were to take a year off before trying to return to a different team.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Payton have a close relationship, and Payton nearly left for the Cowboys a few years ago. Mike Florio details why it didn’t happen in his new book, Playmakers, which is scheduled for release March 15.

Payton, 58, joined the Saints from the Cowboys in 2006. He is 152-89 in the regular season and 9-8 in the postseason with a Super Bowl title.

If Payton decides to take the season off from coaching, he surely will be in demand as a television analyst.

20 responses to “Gayle Benson admits uncertainty about Sean Payton’s future

  1. He’s either trying to get more money or waiting to see if Brady goes into retirement. Doesn’t matter, he still can’t get his team to win in the post season.

  2. Its no fun coaching a team without a Hall of Fame QB, is it?

    All he has to do is pluck Baker Mayfield away from the inept Browns Organization and he’ll have that program back rolling in no time.

  3. I could see him taking a season or two to become a TV analyst and then return to the NFL. McCarthy is on watch in Dallas and that would be a potential destination as Florio pointed out.

  4. “He’ll be coaching Dallas at some point in the next few years.”

    Been seeing this prediction for about 10 years now.

  5. Why would Payton go to Dallas? He’ll want control, and we know he won’t get it with Jerrah playing fantasy football.

  6. Winston being a failed experiment and Hill not being a top talent at QB, probably has Payton concerned about his legacy and questioning the brutal, lengthy task of finding an actual talent at QB!

  7. Saints had to have a down year. It’s not like they’re failing off that much. Top 5 Rb Top 5 Def Top 10 Reciever Top 10 Oline Top 10 Specials teams. They just need a Veteran QB to lead them. Almost got in the playoffs wort Trevor Simeon Taysom Hill and Ian Book. If Jameis doesn’t lose to the Giants and Carolina They win the Division. If Payton wants to leave then Trade him for the same amount as the Raiders got for John Gruden 20 years ago. Puts the Saints in a good position for the future. They have to make sure they get a Top tier coach after cause Dennis Allen will struggle. Regardless they have to swing for the fences and get a sign and Trade for a Veteran QB Asap.

  8. If he had a good QB he would stay but he never drafted or developed a real replacement to keep from hurting Brees’s feelings. He wanted to ride it out as long as he could and then move to a loaded roster in Dallas.

  9. Ian Book
    Tommy Stevens
    Garrett Grayson
    Sean Canfield

    Here’s a list of all quarterbacks drafted by Coach Payton. Thanks for bring the city of New Orleans a Super Bowl win. Time to move on.

  10. He’s shopping for a team with a legit QB. He lived off of Drew Brees for 15 years. He’s an average coach without an elite QB

  11. This would set the Saints back several years. Kind of a bad time Sean!

  12. After the season from hell they just experienced I wouldn’t blame him for needing a break. Considering the setbacks last year and still having a winning season proves he’s a first rate coach but the whole coaching staff has to be exhausted from such a trying season.

  13. All this Dallas talk is RIDICULOUS! Sean Payton isn’t a yes man, Jerry Jones wants exactly that and Payton clearly knows it. No way it EVER happens!

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