Saints coach Sean Payton speaks

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who is scheduled to begin a one-year suspension April 1, just met with the media at the NFL owners meetings.

In an 18-minute interview, Payton talked about a variety of topics related to the Saints’ bounty program and the subsequent punishments. The quick summary of highlights is that Payton confirmed reports he will meet with retired coach Bill Parcells at some point this week in Florida. He also said some of his current assistants are candidates to replace him and he hasn’t made a final decision on if he plans to appeal the suspension.

Payton can make the appeal before April 2.

Colleague John Clayton is writing the news story for our main NFL page. I’ll be back here shortly with an analysis of what Payton had to say.