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08:09 AM ET 11.16 | That the Saints and Sean Payton are attempting to hammer out a new contract begs the question of what is taking so long. There's only one logical reason why Payton's deal hasn't been finalized. He is indeed having serious thoughts about leaving. To be more precise, he's having serious thoughts about leaving for Dallas. Forget the other potential openings around the league. Payton isn't going to Philadelphia or Carolina or the New York Jets. ... The Cowboys' job is currently occupied by Jason Garrett. But it might be vacant soon. If the Cowboys miss the playoffs for a third consecutive season owner Jerry Jones might make a move -- especially if Payton is available. And the only reason he will be is if he and his agent stall talks with the Saints.

The Times-Picayune

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November 16, 2012  08:18 AM ET

Bulsh!!!

November 16, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Or maybe it's algebra. Payton wants X dollars. The Saints want to pay him no more than Y dollars. Y < X. If Payton departs New Orleans on an AmTrak train at 10:52 AM, what time does he get to Dallas?

If Jason Garrett leaves DFW at 8:50 PM on a Delta flight to Cleveland, when do his bags arrive in Phoenix?

November 16, 2012  08:32 AM ET

How about, there's no particular hurry? I mean contract or no contract Sean Payton con't go near the Saints (or any other team) until next Feb, so what's the rush?

November 16, 2012  08:34 AM ET

Why would Sean Payton leave New Orleans?

Maybe he hates winning Super Bowls? Or possibly he wants to downgrade from Drew Brees?

If anything, this 4-5 debacle of a season has strengthened Payton's job security. Because we all get to see how mediocre the team would be without him.

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November 16, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Such hubris. Really? only one conclusion.

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November 16, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Don't be sooopid, stupid. Dallas does not need a new coach.

November 16, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Don't be sooopid, stupid. Dallas does not need a new coach.

Sure they do.

Along with a new quarterback and owner.

November 16, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

$$$$$$$$$$$$....!!!!,.........and his kids live in dallas.

More reason to stay in N'leans

November 16, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Why would Sean Payton leave New Orleans?Maybe he hates winning Super Bowls? Or possibly he wants to downgrade from Drew Brees?If anything, this 4-5 debacle of a season has strengthened Payton's job security. Because we all get to see how mediocre the team would be without him.

Ever think that maybe Romo could improve with better play calling and a better line??

Payton could provide that.

The Saints are 4-5 because they are 31st in the league in defense. You are winning squat in this league with that type of D.

Payton would be smart to wait until the offseason and then listen to what is out there. He could drive up his asking price big time and if Dallas does come knocking, he will most def answer since he already has a relationship with Dallas and Jones as well as he owns a home in the area.

Do not discount the possibility of him ending up in Dallas.

November 16, 2012  09:19 AM ET

Can he take Brees with him ?

November 16, 2012  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Sure they do.Along with a new quarterback and owner.

Now now, I had it on a reliable source that Romo was better than Brady.

November 16, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Why would Sean Payton leave New Orleans?Maybe he hates winning Super Bowls? Or possibly he wants to downgrade from Drew Brees?If anything, this 4-5 debacle of a season has strengthened Payton's job security. Because we all get to see how mediocre the team would be without him.

Why? Is that a serious question? Any idea what kind of team the Saints will field next year? Hint.... they wont be as good as this years team even if he were to return. Their CAP situation is the worst in the NFL (they are only $17Million over next years CAP, but that is with only 33 players under contract, what about 20 more guys?) and they have 19 free agents to consider, including 2 starting o linemen (Bushrod and DeLaPunte), Junior Galette, Casillias, Henderson, and high draft picks. Ok, that is ONE reason, how about his EGO? In New Orleans, Drew Brees is the Rock Star. Payton will ALWAYS play 2nd fiddle. In Dallas, he is the MAN. He wants to be the lead man. He is not in NOLA and would be immediately in Dallas. How about a 3rd reason. When he first went to NOLA, he wanted Tony Romo, not Drew Brees, but the Cowboys wouldn't trade him. Romo is a challenge. Plus lets face it, Romo is older than Brees was and a much better QB than Brees was when he was resurected by Payton. Last and probably the most important is his Kids. The ones he has in marriage and the 1 outside that marriage. This is a chance for him to show that he really does have character if he were to frame the whole deal as wanting to be near his kids, although, I believe that would just be a play he trys to run on the judge in the divorce case in regard to alimony, child support and custody. One does not just become a man of character overnight, so he must have an end gain.

The real question here is WHY would he want to stay in New Orleans? Any shot at success their went out the door when his buddy Mickey Loomis screwed Mr Benson and the fans of New Orleans with all of his "CAP FREINDLY" deals this past off season. They were friendly for a year, but the friendly part does have an expiration and when it expires in year 2, it becomes UN FRIENDLY. Payton need to get out of town as soon as his suspension is lifted. Be it Dallas, or Cleveland.

November 16, 2012  09:27 AM ET

Pure conjecture! It's what we love about FN!

November 16, 2012  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Why would Sean Payton leave New Orleans?Maybe he hates winning Super Bowls? Or possibly he wants to downgrade from Drew Brees?If anything, this 4-5 debacle of a season has strengthened Payton's job security. Because we all get to see how mediocre the team would be without him.Why? Is that a serious question? Any idea what kind of team the Saints will field next year? Hint.... they wont be as good as this years team even if he were to return. Their CAP situation is the worst in the NFL (they are only $17Million over next years CAP, but that is with only 33 players under contract, what about 20 more guys?) and they have 19 free agents to consider, including 2 starting o linemen (Bushrod and DeLaPunte), Junior Galette, Casillias, Henderson, and high draft picks. Ok, that is ONE reason, how about his EGO? In New Orleans, Drew Brees is the Rock Star. Payton will ALWAYS play 2nd fiddle. In Dallas, he is the MAN. He wants to be the lead man. He is not in NOLA and would be immediately in Dallas. How about a 3rd reason. When he first went to NOLA, he wanted Tony Romo, not Drew Brees, but the Cowboys wouldn't trade him. Romo is a challenge. Plus lets face it, Romo is older than Brees was and a much better QB than Brees was when he was resurected by Payton. Last and probably the most important is his Kids. The ones he has in marriage and the 1 outside that marriage. This is a chance for him to show that he really does have character if he were to frame the whole deal as wanting to be near his kids, although, I believe that would just be a play he trys to run on the judge in the divorce case in regard to alimony, child support and custody. One does not just become a man of character overnight, so he must have an end gain. The real question here is WHY would he want to stay in New Orleans? Any shot at success their went out the door when his buddy Mickey Loomis screwed Mr Benson and the fans of New Orleans with all of his "CAP FREINDLY" deals this past off season. They were friendly for a year, but the friendly part does have an expiration and when it expires in year 2, it becomes UN FRIENDLY. Payton need to get out of town as soon as his suspension is lifted. Be it Dallas, or Cleveland.

Oh my, where to start with this one?

Let's do it in bits and pieces, so much humor in it though.

1. Romo sucks. He throws away a lot of games. Don't forget, they installed the coach they have now in Garrett for Romo because he was the guy who was going to turn him around. Romo's been around for long enough time for everyone to know exactly who he is.

2. No one is "the man" when Good Ol' Double J is running the franchise. Payton wouldn't have any sort of decision making because everything has to go thru Jones.

3. The Cowboys, with Romo and Co, have won exactly 1 playoff game in the last 15 years. Think about that. Allegedly always the great talent, never winning. There's a reason.

4. The "he lives in Dallas" is total crap. How many of a teams players live in the city they play in? Yes, some do, but trying to read this into anything is homerism at it's finest.

5. Character. This was hilarious. The team with Bountygate needs to show "character" by being a coach in Dallas. Unbelievable.

6. Please explain how Romo is better now than Brees was then. This I gotta hear.

7. Jerry Jones has never made a bad move, right? Clearly, you haven't been watching if you think New Orleans makes bad personnel moves.

November 16, 2012  09:35 AM ET

Look! Opie is not going anywhere. His team will win a punchless NFC East Division, JJ will give 3,000 interviews and PAYton will be paid a ton of $ in NO and claim martydom.

November 16, 2012  09:42 AM ET

It's all pretty clear... Jerry Jones slipped Roger Goodell a boatload of Benjamins to terminate Payton's contract and pipe him to Dallas.

November 16, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

How about, there's no particular hurry? I mean contract or no contract Sean Payton con't go near the Saints (or any other team) until next Feb, so what's the rush?

Actually, the league has said that he and the Saints can redo the contract they (league) voided.



He's not going anywhere...

 
November 16, 2012  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Sure they do.Along with a new quarterback and owner.

Cut the owner and see how that change will trickle down* to all corners of the organization.




*Republican Theory

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