Sean Payton is on the verge of a deal to join Fox as an NFL studio analyst

Super Bowl-winning coach Sean Payton and Fox Sports are in negotiations to make the former Saints head coach an NFL studio analyst, The Post has learned.

Payton would appear on the network’s Sunday morning show, Fox NFL Kickoff, and contribute to its top pregame show, Fox NFL Sunday, sources said. Fox and Payton have only discussed studio positions, not a game analyst job. Fox’s senior analyst post is vacant because Troy Aikman has left for ESPN.

A deal with Payton was not finalized.

Sources say Payton has also garnered significant interest from Amazon Prime Video for his pregame show, Thursday Night Football.

Fox Sports declined to comment.

For Payton and Fox, a deal would be a good test to see if he has a future in television. There is a strong feeling Payton, 58, could soon return to coaching. He decided to retire from the Saints after 15 seasons that included winning a Super Bowl in 2009.

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Payton would appear regularly on Fox NFL Kickoff, the 11 o’clock show hosted by Charissa Thompson. On his hit program Fox NFL Sunday, Jimmy Johnson, 78, doesn’t always appear on the full Sunday schedule, which would allow Payton to be on the big set as well.

While Payton could return to coaching if he does well on TV and enjoys it, he could one day succeed Johnson full-time.

Meanwhile, Fox is still considering how it will replace Aikman on its top NFL team. Aikman and Joe Buck went to ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Kevin Burkhardt replaces Buck as the No. 1 play-by player, although Fox has yet to announce that.

As for Burkhardt’s partner, Greg Olsen could be promoted to the top team, but Fox could also try to bring in NBC’s Drew Brees, either as a solo analyst in his top booth, on a three-man team along with Olsen or as the No. 2 match analyst. Fox has vowed to take his time making the decision and has stayed true to that commitment. Sean Payton is on the verge of a deal to join Fox as an NFL studio analyst


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