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          === Reports: Payton's contract status for 2013 undecided ===
 
 (Sports  Network) -  Suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton may or may
 not be under contract with the club next year.
 
 Reports  from  both ESPN  and  NFL.com  indicated  that  the NFL  rejected  an
 extension  Payton signed with the Saints in 2011 that would have kept him with
 the  team through  the 2015 season. His deal  is now set to end after the 2012
 campaign.
 
 However,  since Payton  is suspended  for this  season as  part of  the club's
 bounty  scandal, it has  not been determined if his final year will carry over
 to 2013 or if the contract will expire after this season.
 
 NFL.com  reported  Sunday  that  commissioner Roger  Goodell  will  make  that
 decision and has yet to do so.
 
 Payton  joined the Saints  in 2006 and guided the franchise to its first Super
 Bowl  title after the  2009 season. He has a record of 62-34 with four playoff
 appearances in six seasons with New Orleans.
 
 11/04 12:36:41 ET