Saints Coach Sean Payton Shoots Down Speculation Of Cam Newton Signing

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Down in Louisiana, the New Orleans Saints were hoping that the 2021-2022 NFL Season could be the start of a new era following the retirement of Drew Brees. Through the team's first six games, the Saints had done just that. Led by new starting quarterback James Winston, the Saints had shot out to a 4-2 record and a tentative spot in the postseason. Not to mention, Winston had proved to be a worthy successor to Brees with more than a dozen touchdowns and more than 1,000 yards.

In week eight, Winston and the New Orleans Saints had the opportunity to take the next step on their important journey. Trailing the Buccaneers by one game in the NFC South standings, New Orleans had a shot at securing the top spot in the division with a win. While New Orleans did pull out an 11-point win over Tom Brady and company, the team lost Winston in the process. During the second quarter of Sunday's showdown, Winston injured his leg while being tackled by Devin White of the Buccaneers. Further examination has shown that Winston tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. Despite the setback, Winston appeared to be happy with his teammate's performance and celebrated with them in the locker room while on crutches.

While players celebrated the win, fans, reporters and coaches began to question who would be the team's starting quarterback moving forward. Some thought Trevor Siemian may be the team's starting quarterback moving forward because he replaced Winston in the second quarter and completed 16 passes for 159 yards. Meanwhile, others floated the idea of bringing Cam Newton out to New Orleans.

Despite pressure from fans, reporters and other players, it does not appear that the Saints will be bringing Newton down to New Orleans anytime soon.

"We're satisfied with the quarterback room," New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton said on Monday, according to ESPN.

The road ahead will be difficult for whoever takes over Winston's role. Over the next five weeks, the Saints will play three teams that will more than likely be in the playoffs. Not to mention, the Saints will have to play the Buccaneers again on December 19.

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