Payton to remain Saints head coach: 'I plan on finishing my career here'

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Sean Payton will remain the head coach of the New Orleans Saints with no plans to move on in the foreseeable future.

After rumors swirled he might be available via trade, Payton confirmed in a press conference Wednesday he won't be leaving "The Big Easy."

“I understand the skepticism. But this is where I plan on coaching. And I don’t envision myself coaching for any other club," Payton said.

The 52-year-old Payton emphasized his love for the city of New Orleans and his strong relationship with general manager Mickey Loomis as keys in his decision.

"This is me saying again, I plan on finishing my career here. I'll be here as long as they'll have me," Payton said.

With two years left on his contract, Payton said no new deal was made, but hinted those talks will happen eventually.

"At the right time all those things will take care of itself," he said.

Payton brought the Saints the first championship in team history by winning Super Bowl XLIV, and has put together an 87-57 record during his nine years in charge of the team.

However, with back-to-back 7-9 seasons, there was speculation Payton and the Saints could both be looking for fresh starts.

Payton appeared to confirm there was discussion about him potentially being traded, but no team was be willing to give up the type of compensation Loomis was looking for.