Earlier this afternoon, bombshell reports from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed that longtime New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is stepping away from football.
In the wake of this league-altering news, NFL insider Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports has provided some more details on Payton's reported decision.
According to La Canfora, Payton isn't necessarily retiring, but instead "taking a break" from coaching -- indicating that a return to the NFL sideline is entirely in the question. Multiple broadcasting networks have also reportedly been in contact with Payton regarding post-coaching-career job opportunities.
Through 15 seasons as the Saints' head coach, Sean Payton collected a 152-89 overall record and a Super Bowl victory in 2009.
If these reports are correct and Payton is indeed just taking a break from coaching, it's uncertain if he would return to New Orleans or take his veteran experience elsewhere. It's also unknown how long this reported break would last.
Stay tuned for further updates on this developing situation.