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Report: NFL voids Sean Payton's contract with the Saints

According to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter, the multiyear extension that Sean Payton signed with the New Orleans Saints in September 2011 has been voided by the NFL.

As a result, the suspended Super Bowl-winning coach will be free to sign with any team when his season-long ban ends after the Super Bowl in February.

But the coach says that won't happen.

"I absolutely plan on being a New Orleans Saint," Payton told Fox Sports Insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer, who spoke with the coach Sunday morning. "This is the franchise I helped rebuild from the ground up with (general manager) Mickey Loomis, with the Benson family. I love working for the Benson family and with Mickey Loomis. Obviously that's why that stipulation was in the contract."

The report says that there "was one specific clause that would have enabled Payton to walk away from the deal if general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended, fired or left the New Orleans organization, sources said. The league believed that any such language in Payton's contract would set a bad precedent for other coaching contracts and rejected the deal well before Loomis was suspended for the first eight games this season for his part in the bounty scandal."

The NFL issued a statement Sunday morning in response to Schefter's report.

"All contracts between clubs and their employees must be approved by the commissioner, and we do not comment on specific terms of individual contracts," the statement said. "Any comment regarding the matter should come from Coach Payton and the Saints."

Payton's deal was set to keep him with the Saints through the 2015 season.


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