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Payton will be staying with Dallas

Sean Payton is staying with the Dallas Cowboys, making him the second high-ranking staffer to remain with the team after looking into a head coaching job elsewhere.

Payton decided yesterday to remain Dallas' assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach rather than trying to lead the Oakland Raiders. He received a raise and a contract extension from the Cowboys, just like defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer did a few weeks ago when Nebraska pursued him to lead its program.

"I'm really excited about moving forward with the Dallas Cowboys and continuing the job we started a year ago," Payton said. "In regards to Oakland, I was fortunate to interview with them and wish them the best."

While it was widely reported Tuesday that Payton, 40, had been offered the Raiders job, and had accepted it, the team never announced it. Yesterday, Raiders owner Al Davis said they never had a deal.

"I don't think Sean Payton turned down the job because Sean Payton was never offered the job," Davis said.

Hasselbeck gets call

Brett Favre dropped out of the Pro Bowl, replaced by his former backup in Green Bay, Matt Hasselbeck, now the Seahawks QB. Favre won't play because of a broken thumb he dealt with for much of the season . . . Terry Shea was appointed offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears after spending the last three seasons as quarterbacks coach of the high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs . . . The Jacksonville Jaguars hired former Seahawks assistant Pete Rodriguez as special teams coach . . . Former Patriots assistant coach Don Shinnick, the NFL record-holder for career interceptions by a linebacker, died of degenerative brain disease Tuesday in Modesto, Calif. He was 68. Shinnick, who had 37 interceptions with the Baltimore Colts from 1957-69, played on NFL champions in 1958 and 1959. He later was also an assistant coach with the Chicago Bears, St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland Raiders . . . Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller exchanged gunfire with an intruder outside his home in Tallahassee, Fla. No one was injured.

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