New Orleans Saints owner Benson; head coach Payton in NYC to discover punishment

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July 21, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson arrives at the Atlanta Airport Marriott prior to the NFL owners meeting. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

Reports coming in early this morning are that New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and head coach Sean Payton are in New York City.  No doubt to find out what is forthcoming in the team’s involvement in the “pay for performance” scandal.

Several sources are saying that Benson and Payton were both spotted in New York City together and are there to meet with NFL officials.  General manager Mickey Loomis was not reported as being seen.

Benson and Payton are most probably there to discover the punishment for the team’s involvement in the recent “pay for performance” scandal.  It’s been stated that this will involve fines, suspensions for players and coaches, and loss of draft picks.

Benson and Payton are possibly there not only to find out about the punishment, but to also lobby that the discipline be spread out.  Suspending coaches, players, and loss of draft picks all at once would severely cripple the team.

The Saints are already without a first round draft pick this year and risk losing their second and third round, plus more next year.  With the Saints barely below their salary cap space, they will be limited in free agency as well, except signing their own.

Finding out the details of the team’s punishment will be able to give the Saints a better idea of how to proceed.  Loomis most probably stayed behind to finish figuring out what to do with their own free agents as well as a long-term contract for quarterback Drew Brees.

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