As New Orleans embarks on a search for its new franchise QB, the longtime coach might be getting a ton of reasons to part ways with the team.
“There’s a lot of talk through the grapevine about Payton’s future,” Breer wrote, via Sports Illustrated. “I think he’ll probably stay with the Saints, where he has a really good setup from a football standpoint and is making very good money. That said, tires will likely be kicked. My sense is he’ll say no on going home to Chicago.”
“And I’ve heard networks are readying to make a run at him, and throw real money at him, to see whether he’d leave the sideline for television. Eventually, my bet is he’ll do that. I just don’t think it’ll happen yet.”
The New Orleans Saints are 8-8 and Payton is finishing a season in which he enters the final week with a 40% chance to make the playoffs with Jameis Winston, Trevor Siemian, Taysom Hill and Ian Book having taken his team’s snaps at quarterback.
The Saints have one path to the postseason and one path only.
The Saints have to take care of business against the Atlanta Falcons. If they lose, it’s over. The second part of the equation is that the Rams have to beat the 49ers. If the Rams lose, it doesn’t matter if the Saints win. It’s over.
Canton is waiting for him.
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