As for a timetable for a replacement, Payton was tight lipped, saying "We'll see. Yeah, I'll keep you guys posted."
The Saints have a host of high profile free agents, none bigger than record setting quarterback Drew Brees. If the Saints and Brees can't reach agreement, placing the franchise tag on Brees is an option.
Could Drew Brees possibly leave? Payton was amused by the question.
"I don`t see that happening," he told reporters. "That might sell some hits on your website, but I don't see that happening."
Were the 2011 Saints more talented than the 2009 Super Bowl champion Saints? Punter Thomas Morstead said yes: "We'll probably all take this for the rest of our lives. We'll remember this team and be a little bit regretful, probably, about what could have been just because we had everything we needed here to go all the way."