On Tuesday afternoon, the football world learned some stunning news regarding New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.
After a lengthy tenure as the team's head coach, Payton reportedly told the team he's retiring. Rumors emerged over the weekend that Payton might be leaving the team for a new organization.
However, instead of joining a different franchise, he's choosing to walk away from the sideline altogether. But that doesn't mean other teams didn't try to lure him away from the Saints first.
In fact, according to one report, the Chicago Bears discussed the idea of trading for the superstar coach. That's according to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer in an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show.
“I think the Bears really did discuss the idea of trading for Sean Payton,” Breer said. “Sean Payton didn’t want to go there because he had misgivings about ownership and everything else.”
It wouldn't be the first time a head coach was traded from one franchise to another. Jon Gruden was the last head coach to be traded and he promptly won a Super Bowl with his new team.
Rather than follow in Gruden's footsteps, Payton decided it was time to walk away from the game.
Will he be in the broadcast booth for the 2022 season?