Last week it was reported that Sean Payton’s contract with the New Orleans Saints has been voided by the NFL and he’ll be free to sign with any team he likes once the season is over.
According to Dan Parr of ProFootballWeekly.com, even though both Payton and the Saints have indicated that they plan on working everything out, both sides haven’t been talking.
However, our sources say there are no indications that the team or Payton has made any urgent push to arrive at a solution since it was brought to light in the past week that the contract extension Payton signed in September 2011 had been disapproved by the NFL.
The Saints are said to be waiting to receive written confirmation from the NFL that they are allowed to negotiate with Payton. There have been reports, though, that the team has permission to negotiate a contract with Payton even though he is suspended. It is unclear as to why there would be any delay in getting the Saints the written confirmation they apparently are seeking, but they do, in effect, have exclusive negotiating rights with Payton for about the next three months.
My guess is that since both sides have three months to get something done, they’re in no rush. The Saints better be careful that they don’t wait to long and allow another team to swoop in and land Payton once the season is over.