In Saints news, Dennis Allen spoke to the media on Monday following the team's 10-7 loss to the Panthers and addressed his future with the team. Allen said he expects to be the head coach of the Saints in 2023 and is excited about it.
Also in Saints news, first-round rookie Trevor Penning suffered a Lisfranc injury in the season finale. Taysom Hill suffered this same injury and ended up playing in Week 1 but that won't necessarily be the case here.
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Dennis Allen Expects to be Back in 2023 [John Hendrix, SI]
"That's also the sense that we gathered towards the end of the year, that his job would be safe. Allen said that he's only had preliminary discussions with general manager Mickey Loomis, but will be sitting down with the team's braintrust over this next week to discuss the season. He also later said that he feels that he has owner Gayle Benson's support. According to Allen, they'll look at every aspect of the team and operation and come up with a plan going forward. "- John Hendrix
It would have been surprising if the Saints fired Allen considering we started getting a sense of that his job would be safe. The Saints had a ton of injuries this season and they did finish the season on a 3-1 run and nearly ran the table.
This article discusses why some insiders think the Broncos would be a bad landing spot for Payton and where he could potentially end up.
Trevor Penning suffered Lisfranc injury in season-ending loss to Panthers [John Sigler, Saints Wire]
Sigler notes that Trevor Penning could return to the team in June, which is right around the time when OTAs are set to begin. Penning missed the first half of his rookie season due to a toe injury.