Sean Payton returned to work Wednesday following a nearly yearlong suspension for his role in the Saints' bounty program.
The newly reinstated New Orleans Saints coach watched Senior Bowl practice and planned to meet later in the day with the staff to evaluate a defense that struggled during a 7-9 season and opened with four straight losses. Payton said there's plenty of work to do, from fixing the defense to replacing departed coaches and evaluating staff and players. Then, of course, getting ready for the draft and studying available free agents.
Payton said during a 45-minute meeting with reporters that he and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell agreed not to discuss specifics about whether there was an organized bounty system or of their 4-1/2-hour meeting on Monday.
''We're at a point where it's time for closure. It's time for us as a team, it's time for us as a league, to take this next step forward,'' Payton said.
Goodell lifted Payton...