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Sean Payton said he had ‘no clue’ about the Tom Brady-Dolphins report

"My understanding was that there was a request put in or the intermediaries talked."

Sean Payton
Sean Payton speaks during an interview prior to Super Bowl LVI on February 11, 2022. Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images

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Sean Payton denied the Tom Brady-Dolphins rumor: One of the more intriguing rumors of the NFL offseason to this point was the reported possibility that Tom Brady and Sean Payton briefly considered the potential of meeting up in Miami to play for a revamped Dolphins team in 2022.

The plan, if it ever actually existed, fell apart as Brady is now back with the Buccaneers and Payton is readying himself to be a studio analyst (having stepped down from his former position as head coach of the Saints).

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On Tuesday, Payton was asked about the Dolphins report.

“I have no clue about the Tampa-Bay-Miami-Dolphin-Tom-Brady rumor,” Payton told reporters. “My understanding was that there was a request put in or the intermediaries talked, and I’m like the rest of you. I heard that story. But I’m getting ready to do TV.”

Payton maintained that he had no intention of coaching anywhere in the 2022 season, having left the only place he would’ve considered.

“I wasn’t coaching. I told you guys that already,” he added. “If I had been ready to coach this year it would have been in New Orleans. It’s nice to have somebody interested and that’s about it. Look, our focus on Tom Brady has been beating him, not joining him.”

Trivia: Along with leading the Saints to a Super Bowl win in 2010, Sean Payton also helped another team reach the Super Bowl as an offensive coordinator. Which team was he coaching for in that role?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: The team’s quarterback was Kerry Collins.

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