Sean Payton reportedly joining Fox for 2022 NFL season
Almost immediately after Sean Payton confirmed the startling news in January that he was quitting as head coach of the New Orleans Saints and taking a break from coaching, he was linked to several social media networks. television in reports and rumors.
“I don’t think I’m done coaching. But I was thrilled to get a couple of calls from people in the TV industry,” Payton remarked at the time.
Unsurprisingly, it looks like Payton got more than just phone calls.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported Monday that Payton has taken a job with Fox Sports to work as a studio analyst for the 2022 NFL season. Payton is also expected to appear on “Fox NFL Sunday” editions when Jimmy Johnson is away.
Even before the end of January, some suggested the Dallas Cowboys could sue Payton, and the former Super Bowl champion head coach found his name in the headlines last week when it was reported that the Dallas Panthers Carolina “looked” at it as a possible future. replacing current coach Matt Rhule.
Rhule later told reporters that owner David Tepper assured him there was “nothing to” that story.
“I know Dave Tepper well enough to believe he wouldn’t be talking to another coach right now,” Rhule explained. “He came to my house two and a half years ago and told me it was a five-year rebuild. That’s what he told me. He then convinced me to come and do some part and build it with him. We’re not where we want to be. I don’t think it’ll take five years, I don’t want it to take five years, but those are the words he said to me .
Payton will watch the Panthers and all other clubs as a Fox employee at least next January. What happens after that regarding his future is anyone’s guess at this point in the process.