New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson acknowledged Monday that coach Sean Payton’s status remains uncertain for the 2022 season when she told local reporters, “I don’t think any of us know, but he’ll let us know soon enough.”
NFL Network reported Sunday that Payton had not yet committed to returning to coaching the Saints in 2022. Sources confirmed to ESPN that he has made no definitive declaration — though he was expected to return to work this week along with the rest of the Saints’ coaching staff after a vacation last week.
Payton, 58, is under contract through 2024, which means a trade would have to be worked out for him to coach another team.
Saints castoff Eli Apple, who if history is a guide will soon cost the Cincinnati Bengals dearly in the playoffs, attacked New Orleans fans, food and Coach Sean Payton in a series of tweets. https://t.co/BCfsPsbGi3
— FOX 8 New Orleans (@FOX8NOLA) January 24, 2022
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 23, 2022