Sources told the NFL Network on Tuesday that Payton, who has three years left on his contract and is among the league’s highest-paid head coaches, informed the Saints that he is “stepping away.”
Payton’s departure from the Saints comes just a day after owner Gayle Benson told reporters on Monday that no one within the organization knew if the 58-year-old coach would be returning the following season.
“We don’t know. You know, who knows? We’ll find out soon enough, I guess,” Benson said. “I don’t think any of us know. But he’ll let us know soon enough.”
Sources told ESPN that while nothing has been confirmed, television networks have expressed interest in hiring the Super Bowl-winning coach.