Payton draws up plan, seeks Parcells as coach
PALM BEACH, FLA. | Sean Payton has planned the New Orleans Saints’ offseason program, done some work on the upcoming draft and jotted down ideas for the start of training camp.
And now, with his season-long suspension set to begin Sunday, Payton is checking to see if mentor Bill Parcells would run the team while he serves his penalty for allowing a Saints assistant coach and players to run a bounty system.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the Saints were sanctioned for trying to take out specific opponents, Payton said Tuesday he will soon decide whether to appeal his suspension, something commissioner Roger Goodell has said he can do through Monday.
General manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for eight games, and defensive assistant Joe Vitt must sit out six games.
As many as 27 players could also face sanctioning for their role in the bounty scandal. with running back Kevin Smith. The Lions signed Smith last season while running back Jahvid Best was out with a concussion and after rookie Mikel Leshoure tore his left Achilles tendon. Smith ran for 140 yards and scored three touchdowns, both career highs, in a November win over Carolina.
FALCONS: Atlanta and veteran center Todd Mcclure agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Mcclure, who will return for his 14th season with the Falcons, saw his franchise-best streak of 144 starts end when a knee injury forced him to miss last year’s season-opening loss at Chicago. He returned to start the 14 of the next 15 games.
VIKINGS: Minnesota re-signed linebacker Erin Henderson to a one-year deal and signed former Chicago Bears cornerback Zack Bowman to a one-year contract.