Sean Payton probably alleviated some fears among the New Orleans Saints fan base - and maybe within the organization as well - when he told Fox's Jay Glazer he "absolutely plans" on returning to the team in 2013.
And a team source also expressed that the team fully intends to keep Payton beyond this year. But there is no guarantee, based on the news first reported by ESPN that Payton's contract is set to expire after this season.
So this revelation is bad news for the Saints, one way or the other. Even if they keep their coach, they'll have to go through the stress and expense of competing for his services.