It was just reported on Thursday that the reason a deal with Payton hasn't happened yet is that the league hasn't yet allowed the two parties to talk. They are still working on the parameters that surround that.
I've been wondering how no one realizes this!!!! How the hell is the team supposed to talk to Payton about a new contract when we've been specifically FORBIDDEN from doing so?! I mean, I know the discussion takes place mostly between Loomis and Payton's agent, but c'mon, the coach still has input and I'm sure is involved in some capacity.