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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton met with G-M Mickey Loomis on Monday

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) -

Everyone wants to know if Sean Payton will return at the helm of the New Orleans Saints or will Payton leave for another NFL team after serving ten years on the job in the Crescent City.

Payton met with Saints general manager Mickey Loomis on Monday but nothing has been released and Payton won't meet with the media until Wednesday.

A number of NFL teams have Payton on their radar.

The Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons 20 to 17 on Sunday to close out the 2015 season with 7 wins and 9 losses.  Despite the losing season, a number of NFL teams have Payton on their radar.  They would love to hire Payton away from the Saints.  Payton has two-years remaining on his contract, one that pays him 8-million dollars a year.  He's the highest paid NFL coach.

Various national media outlets say Philadelphia,  Tennessee, San Francisco and the New York Giants are possible destinations for Payton who guided the Saints to a Super Bowl victory in the 2009 season.

Various reports say Loomis has given Payton the option of staying or leaving.

If Payton decides to cut ties with the Saints, the team that signs Payton would have to compensate New Orleans with draft picks.

Quarterback Drew Brees says despite a losing season, he feels like the Saints are moving in the right direction and Saints owner Tom Benson, Loomis and Payton are great decisions makers and they will make the right call.

"There's no knee jerk reactions, "stated Brees.  "They are well through out decisions.  There's a plan that is put in place and typically that's everybody getting together and coming up with that plan and executing that plan together.  There's not decisions being made behind closed door, excluding certain others.  It's a team deal and so whatever decisions are made, I think we all know that it's in the best interest of the team and once that decision is made, we're full-steam ahead with that."

Even though New Orleans ended with year with a losing season, Brees is confident the Saints are heading in the right direction.

Brees said, "Now we're back on this trajectory again and you could argue where is the starting place of the trajectory. Is it a little lower than what it has been or are we about to make a jump?  I feel like we're about to make a jump.  I feel like Sean is a big part of that.  I hope that I'm a big part of that."

Brees says he wants to finish his career in New Orleans and if Payton resigns, that wouldn't diminish his desire to remain a Saint.

Brees ended the 2015 season with 4,807 yards passing with 32 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions.  At a soon-to-be 37-years-old, Brees proved he's still capable of playing at a high level as long as his offensive line gives him just enough time to release the football.  Brees completed 68.3 percent of his pass attempts.

If Payton does indeed leave New Orleans, reports say Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line coach Doug Marrone would be high on the Saints priority list to take over as the teams head coach.  Marrone served as the Saints offensive coordinator under Payton from 2006 through the 2008 season. He's slated to  be interviewed by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.


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