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Would Sean Payton really leave the Saints?

The events of the past 24 hours have many people in the coaching profession (and beyond) asking if Sean Payton would really leave the New Orleans Saints.

Honestly, these days you never really know.

Payton has compiled a 67-37 record since 2006 as a head coach, including a 5-3 mark in the postseason which was highlighted with their 2009 Super Bowl XLIV win, and is very loved amongst the New Orleans and greater Louisiana community for all that he does on an off the field. But that doesn't make him a lock to stick around...crazier things have happened in the coaching profession.

Yesterday, Adam Schefter reported that the contract extension that Sean Payton had apparently signed in September of 2011 was never officially approved by the NFL. So right now it looks like Payton will become a free agent after his suspension is up at the conclusion of the season

Sports Illustrated's Peter King has a great take on the whole situation.

In short, King explains that both Philadelphia and Dallas would be interested if Payton does indeed become available (Payton previously served as an assistant coach with both organizations). The link to the whole article has plenty more quality insight from King.

If we were asked to lay money on the table, we'd still place it on Payton coaching the Saints next year; but in this day and age, who knows. Seeing how ineffective the Saints have been without him, Tom Benson has little choice but to pay up.