Saints deny Payton-to-Cowboys rumors

February, 7, 2011
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In a rumor that just got out of hand, the New Orleans Saints had to issue a statement Sunday night saying coach Sean Payton was not leaving the team to become the general manager of the Dallas Cowboys.

Payton, a former assistant coach with the Cowboys, is close to the Jerry and Stephen Jones. Jerry Jones, the owner, is also the general manager, and has said he would not give up the GM title.

"Sean Payton is the coach of the New Orleans Saints. He will not be going to the Dallas Cowboys in any capacity," the Saints release said through WDSU-TV in New Orleans.

We're not sure where the rumor started, but the fact it caused a stir means the Saints didn't want rumors to become reality.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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