Sean Payton made the decision to step away from his head coaching gig with the New Orleans Saints back in February following 15 seasons with the team. It didn't take too long for him to find a new job, though. The 58-year-old is reportedly finalizing a deal to be a Fox Sports studio analyst for the NFL.
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Payton would be on "Fox NFL Kickoff", which airs every Sunday morning before games begin. He would also play a role in helping put together the network's top pregame show, "Fox NFL Sunday". Jimmy Johnson is not available to be on set every week, giving Peyton a shot with the big boys.
As of right now, there has been no talks of Payton being on air as a game analyst despite the spot being open after Troy Aikman left for ESPN. The Super Bowl winning head coach has also received a ton of interest from Amazon Prime Video for its weekly "Thursday Night Football" program.
This would be the first opportunity for Peyton to learn whether or not he is cut out for the television business. He is still expected to return to coaching at some point, but trying this out really has no downside for him. Payton accumulated an impressive 152-89 record (9-8 playoffs) as a head coach.
Payton's jump into the entertainment side of football adds another wrinkle into what has been a major offseason shakeup. Joe Buck also joined ESPN to provide play-by-play on "Monday Night Football" and multiple reports have confirmed that Kevin Burkhardt will will take over Buck's role on Fox.
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