After stepping down as head coach of the New Orleans Saints in January, Sean Payton has found a new job.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reports that Payton has accepted a job at Fox for the 2022 season. During Jimmy Johnson's off weeks from the Fox NFL Sunday crew, he could fill in for him in the studio.
According to Florio, Payton was also in the running for a job at Amazon, which will broadcast "Thursday Night Football" beginning in 2022.
A move into broadcasting was a logical move for Payton after 16 years with the Saints, but he probably won't stick with Fox for long.
Since he's 58, he has plenty of time to return to the NFL as a head coach, so 2022 could be a gap year while he decides what to do next.
After stepping down as Saints head coach, Payton insisted he wasn't finished coaching, a comment heard loud and clear by teams.
He has been linked to a number of teams since then, including the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys.
There's no word yet on Payton's preference for a future HC job, probably because eight months will elapse before teams begin the hiring process for that particular position. However, one connection stands out.
Payton served as assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach under Cowboys coach Bill Parcells for three years before being named Saints coach in 2006.
It's certainly possible that Payton could end up there. The Cowboys have underperformed under Mike McCarthy, and his relationship with Jerry Jones was a constant topic of conversation. McCarthy may be out of a job if Dallas fails to reach the playoffs in 2022.
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