Report: Sean Payton hasn't asked permission to watch Saints in Dallas

Sean Payton's season-long suspension isn't far from being over. Once it ends, the speculation about Payton possibly leaving New Orleans for Dallas will really pick up.

Which is probably why Payton is, wisely, not requesting permission from the NFL to attend the Saints-Cowboys game on Sunday.

Ian Rapoport of reports that Payton hasn't asked the league for an opportunity to watch his team play when it visits Dallas, where the coach lives.

There has been more than ample speculation about the possibility of Payton bouncing to Dallas after the NFL voided his extension with the Saints.

The Saints get the first shot at signing Payton, but their exclusive negotiating window with him will end once his suspension is lifted following Super Bowl XLVII. But recent reports that the Saints will wait to try to sign Payton certainly leave the window open for a possible move to the Cowboys.

With New Orleans removed from playoff contention at this point, Saints fans' primary concern is whether the team can get Payton back in the fold for 2013.

And if Payton were to attend the Saints-Cowboys game in Dallas, all it would do is crank up the speculation he might be willing to walk away from New Orleans, no matter how often Cowboys executives try to talk down the rumors.

Which is precisely why Payton's not even bothering to inquire if he can watch New Orleans play this week, regardless of how close the game is to his house.

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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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