New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) (The Associated Press)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and teammates and officials pause during a moment of silence to honor 20 children and 6 adults killed Friday in a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. before the NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Friday and opened fire, killing 20 children and six adults. (AP Photo/Bill Feig) (The Associated Press)
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett gestures during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (The Associated Press)
METAIRIE, La. – Drew Brees says he'd be "shocked" if Sean Payton ends up coaching anywhere other than New Orleans next season.
The Saints quarterback says he's "not even thought for a second" that Payton might field offers from other teams because of the NFL's rejection of language in Payton's 2011 contract extension, leaving the coach's status for next season in doubt.
Payton is serving a season-long suspension in connection with the NFL's bounty probe of the Saints and has not commented on his contract.
The Saints have struggled without him and play this Sunday at Dallas, where Payton served as a top offensive assistant from 2003 to 2005.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says appreciates Payton's Dallas connections but ignores speculation that he could be replaced by the suspended Saints coach.