Pay­ton draws up plan, seeks Par­cells as coach

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

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.

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