Mar 26, 2012
The Big Tuna may be headed to the Big Easy.
Sean Payton has had discussions with former boss and mentor Bill Parcells about becoming the New Orleans Saints interim coach, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Monday, citing league sources.
Payton and Parcells have reportedly spoken on a couple of occasions since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended the Saints coach for the year following his involvement in the team's bounty program.
The two worked together with the Dallas Cowboys in 2003-05 - when Payton was the assistant head coach under Parcells. Payton's suspension will take effect on April 1.
Parcells, who turns 71 in August, did not comment on the situation despite being an analyst for ESPN.
Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, assistant coach Joe Vitt and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams have also been disciplined by the league.
Loomis is suspended for the first eight games of the 2012 campaign and Vitt has been banned without pay for the first six contests, as well as fined $100,000.
In addition, the Saints have been fined $500,000 and are being forced to surrender their second-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 NFL drafts.
Williams ran the bounty program between 2009 and 2011 that financially rewarded players for injuring the opposition. He has been suspended indefinitely.