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Sean Payton Denies Tom Brady Rumor: NFL World Reacts

Sean Payton on the sidelines in New Orleans

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 09: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 9, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Recent rumors speculate that there was a "grand plan" to unite Tom Brady and Sean Payton as a QB-head coach combo for the Miami Dolphins after each of their respective retirements earlier this offseason.

Payton has since denied any knowledge of that plan, per Miami insider Barry Jackson.

The longtime Saints leader said he would've stayed in New Orleans had he wanted to continue coaching in 2022.

"If I had been ready to coach this year, I would've stayed in New Orleans," Payton said when talking to reporters after the Zurich Classic celebrity shootout on Wednesday. "It's nice to have someone interested... and that's about it.

"Our focus on Tom Brady has been beating him, not joining him."

The NFL world took to Twitter to react to this news. Some aren't too convinced that Payton is telling the truth. "He didn’t admit to anything at a random golf interview so he must be telling the truth," one fan wrote sarcastically.

Payton retired from coaching after the 2021 season following a 15-year head coaching stint with the Saints. While many speculated that the veteran leader could return as the head coach of a new organization in 2022, that possibility has since been debunked.

Earlier this week, Payton confirmed that he's likely to take a sports broadcasting gig for the 2022 NFL season.

Tom Brady is set to return for his third year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this coming season.