Ultimate destination for Saints is L.A.

In case you missed ESPN's "Monday Night Countdown," it's worth repeating that nobody should expect Jim Haslett to return to the Saints in 2006. Haslett reportedly plans to resign or will ask to be released from his contract, which runs through the '06 season. Owner Tom Benson, who told Haslett he doesn't have the money to honor the two-year contract extension he promised but never delivered last offseason, is aware of Haslett's mind-set.

A battle also is brewing between Benson and NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Benson is set on moving the team to San Antonio; Tagliabue appears adamant that the team return to its Louisiana headquarters in '06, and one guess here is that the league wants to gauge as quickly as possible how capable the New Orleans community is of supporting the team. The expectations aren't great -- remember, the Saints franchise had significant problems even before Hurricane Katrina.

The ultimate destination -- as we have previously noted -- is Los Angeles. Benson has said he won't sell the franchise, but things could get so ugly that $750 million might help clean his palate.