NEW ORLEANS (AP) — AP source: Super Bowl-winning coach Sean Payton has informed the New Orleans Saints that he’s stepping away.
NFL’s Ian Rapoport also reported the news on social media.
According to the NFL, Payton, 58, leaves the Saints with an overall regular-season record of 152-89 and a postseason mark of 9-8, including one Super Bowl victory and the 2006 AP Coach of the Year award, in 15 seasons.
Rapoport reported Sunday that Payton, who had three years remaining on his contract, had not committed to returning to coach New Orleans after an incredibly difficult and challenging season.
Payton arrived in New Orleans in 2006; the same year the franchise signed quaterback Drew Brees.
Just four years into the job, Payton was a Super Bowl champion, taking down the powerful Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Three years later, the NFL suspended him for one season as a result of the league’s investigation into New Orleans’ bounty program.