Report: Sean Payton in negotiations with Fox to become studio analyst

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Sean Payton won’t coach in 2022. He could coach in 2023, and a studio analyst job, rather than as a game analyst, will make it easier for him to leave TV and return to the NFL if that’s what he wants.

To that end, Payton is nearing a deal with Fox Sports, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports. He would appear on “Fox NFL Kickoff,” the network’s Sunday morning show and contribute to its top pregame show, “Fox NFL Sunday,” per Marchand.

Fox has an opening at its lead game analyst spot with Troy Aikman having left for ESPN. Kevin Burkhardt is expected to replace Joe Buck as the No. 1 play-by-play announcer, but Fox has not announced its NFL broadcast teams.

Amazon Prime Video, which has “Thursday Night Football,” also has had interest in Payton for its pregame show.

Payton, 58, left the Saints after 15 seasons but has not ruled out a return to coaching.

If he decides he likes the television work, Payton could be the heir apparent to Jimmy Johnson on the “Fox NFL Sunday” set. Johnson, 78, currently doesn’t appear every Sunday during the season.

9 responses to “Report: Sean Payton in negotiations with Fox to become studio analyst

  1. It’s an unbelievable gig – you work 1/10th as hard as he did as a coach and 1/20th of the hours and get paid a ton of dough. Of course he’s gonna do that.

  2. Is it just me or did he always come across as really dry? I actually like him, I think he’s incredibly knowledgable, just would like to hear from others if they feel he adds “color” AND knowledge, similar to John Madden or Payton Manning. If so, he’d smash it in the booth.

  3. He’s more than earned the right to do whatever he wants. Good for him.

  4. See Gruden was likeable and electric. Romo is likeable and explains the game so well as it develops. I’m sure Payton can explain the game, I just don’t find him very likeable or electric. Comes off sort of smug, has baggage that Gruden or Romo didn’t have when they started. Arians to me would be much more entertaining in the booth.

  5. I would still avoid FOX NFL studio stuff like the plague, but Sean Payton would be a massive upgrade.

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