New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has confirmed he has agreed to a five-year contract extension. Payton has another five years with the Saints, though it's going to be a period where a lot of fixes need to be made for the future. The 2009 season was the most successful in team history, and New Orleans finished with a 13-3 regular season record and a Super Bowl XLIV victory.
Payton is 87-57 in nine seasons in New Orleans. Payton said New Orleans looked closely at guards during the start of free agency but instead opted to sign tight end Coby Fleener away from Indianapolis as the team's big-money player acquisition.
The extension is worth around $45 million, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder. Of course it hasn't been a totally smooth ride; Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season as a result of the "BountyGate" scandal. New England's Bill Belichick has been with the Patriots since 2000, and Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis has been with the Bengals since 2003.
Payton has long said New Orleans is the only place he wants to coach and where he envisions finishing his career. He makes players better around him and is still one of the top quarterbacks in the league.
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The Saints are in talks with quarterback Drew Brees about a proposed four-year contract extension that would keep him with the team through 2020.
Payton had two years remaining on his current deal at about $8 million per season. New Orleans can focus on both short and long-term plays knowing that their head coach will be in-house for the next five years.
Sure, Garrett Grayson was a nice pick up late in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he's a developmental prospect that's all tools, no polish.