Is NOLA really Payton's place?

by Walter Pierce

The Saints head coach could be a free agent at the end of this moribund 2012 season after the National Football League voided his contract extension. New Orleans Saints head coach-in-exile Sean Payton moved his family to Dallas a couple of years ago. He was an assistant head coach for the Cowboys from 2003-2005. Current Dallas head coach Jason Garrett is likely on the hot seat with impatient owner/GM Jerry Jones after the 'Boys fell to 3-5 on the season following last night's loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

It's no wonder Saints fans are nervous after the NFL revealed that it had voided Payton's contract extension with the Black & Gold, meaning Payton is back on the terms of his old contract with the Saints and that contract expires at the end of this season. In other words, Sean Payton, the offensive genius who took a chance on a surgically repaired Drew Brees and revived New Orleans' football fortunes following that devastating - on the gridiron and for the entire city - Katrina year of 2005, will be free to entertain offers from other teams. And with the Saints staggering through a lost season and sitting at 2-5 without Payton at the helm, his stock has no doubt risen considerably.

But, according to Fox Sports football insider Jay Glazer, Payton plans to stay put in the Big Easy. Glazer, according to WWL TV in New Orleans, reports that Payton says he "absolutely" plans to stay with the Saints following the 2012 season.

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