ESPN announced that the National Football League has reviewed the contract of New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, and that they have released him of his contract extension with the Saints organization. 

There was a clause in Payton's contract that stated if anything happened to Saints' GM, Mickey Loomis, Payton would be let out of his contract. By now we all know that Loomis was suspended from the organization for eight games for his involvement in the the bounty scandal. The league reviewed the language in the contract, and it determined that Payton has the right to be let out of his contract with the New Orleans Saints.

This  now allows any organization in the NFL interested in the Payton to be able talk to him and/or offer him any job they may have open in the near future. There is a lot of speculation that the Dallas Cowboys could pursue Payton being that Payton already has ties to the Dallas Cowboys organization.

Sean Payton was an assistant coach for the Cowboys in 2003 to 2005. Payton does have a home in the Dallas area, and his family currently resides in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Still, we know that Sean Payton has strong ties to Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Saints owner Tom Benson.

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports that Payton told him Sunday morning that "I absolutely plan to remain a Saint." If Payton chooses to stay loyal to the Saints and owner Tom Benson, Payton would likely be able to drive up the price above the reported $7 million per year salary number in his extension if he's being courted by the likes of Jerry Jones or New York Jets owner Woody Johnson.


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