NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport has confirmed that Saints HC Sean Payton is staying in New Orleans: https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/684823785866964992 According to Rapoport on NFL Network, Payton was still in discussion with GM Mickey Loomis up until earlier today to decide whether or not Payton would leave the team. After the announcement that Sean Payton would be remaining in New Orleans he took to the podium to talk to local press. He was very calm and talked about how he’s disappointed to not be talking about an upcoming opponent but pleased to still be coach of the Saints. It’s obviously he loves New Orleans, and talked about the way the city and the fans are special. He mentioned that Mickey Loomis had researched potential compensation in a trade for him but was clear that any would have required his acquiescence and that he was very happy as coach of the Saints. Payton stated that there was no change in power structure within the Saints organisation. He’s very happy to concentrate on being the head football coach and letting Loomis deal with the cap number. With 2 years left on his contract the topic of an extension came up. Payton took his time saying that no formal discussions had happened but he was sure it would take care of itself. He emphasised that he wanted to be in New Orleans as long as they would have him and was keen to begin a successful off-season. He didn’t shy away from stating the Saints needed work and they had to have a good draft this year but his obvious excitement at the task at hand should be a positive for Saints fans. He promised more play-offs to come with the same formula as when he started 10 years ago which would suggest that Drew Brees will be around a while longer as well.
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