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Sean Payton rumors: Saints HC considering retirement in 2022, per Jay Glazer

The Saints head coach is reportedly still deciding what he’ll do in 2022.

Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the second quarter in the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Monday update: Jay Glazer reported on a Dallas radio station that Sean Payton is considering retirement and would not be looking to get “traded” to a new team. Glazer also made it clear that Payton could easily change his mind:

“Sean changes his mind like every two seconds, we talk about it a lot, it’s why I haven’t reported anything because he changes his mind like every two minutes,” Glazer said, adding: “But that’s also why I said two weeks ago on FOX NFL Sunday during the coaching carousel was that there could be a coach or two step away just because these last two years of COVID, it’s taken its toll on people.”

The New Orleans Saints just missed out on the playoffs this season and head coach Sean Payton has not committed to coaching in 2022, according to Ian Rapoport.

Payton has three years left on his contract and Rapoport suggested a mini-retirement could be an option. Sources told Rapoport Payton would not coach for another team in 2022, but left open the door for Payton to take at least a year off and then potentially return in 2023 or beyond with a new team.

Payton has coached the Saints since 2006 and led his team to a victory in Super Bowl 45. In 15 seasons as head coach, Payton has guided New Orleans to nine playoff appearances. He did not coach in 2012 after being suspended for his involvement in the Saints’ bounty-gate scandal. The Saints earned four straight playoff berths prior to a 9-8 finish this season left them a game short of the playoffs.

If Payton decides not to coach in 2022, Rapoport is hearing Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is considered a top candidate to take over.