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Sean Payton's deal runs through 2017 season

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02:19 AM ET 01.10 | The New Orleans Saints might not be playing in the NFL playoffs at the moment, but they still managed to score a major victory anyway. After a season full of doubt, Sean Payton has finally inked his extension with the Saints, which means he'll be staying on the sidelines in New Orleans through the 2017 season. While Payton has signed the contract, which will pay him upwards of $8 million annually, he can't quite get back to game planning for next season until he's re-instated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Reports say that the duo won't meet to discuss anything until after the Super Bowl. But Saints fans could care less about that at the moment, as they have the peace of mind that their beloved head coach is secure and in place on their sideline for the foreseeable future.

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January 11, 2013  01:15 AM ET

You will never find any proof, but I really think the reason why Payton never challenged Goodell's suspension was he knew he was guilty of something and Roger promised that he would void his current contract so that he could cash in big time with a renegotiated deal or a new deal someplace else. Given the turnover in coaches this year, could you imagine the feeding frenzy that a free agent Sean Payton would cause?

January 11, 2013  07:47 AM ET

Payton is beloved in New Orleans, and he's gonna make more than $8M a year there. Talk about landing on your feet.

January 11, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Look out NFL Payton is on his way to his Office!!!!!!

January 11, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Sean Payton may be the best offensive coach in the NFL. As a fan I could not be happier he is back. But we need someone to run the defense. My opinion is until we get a great defensive guru in, we will not be an elite team. Spags in not the guy.

January 11, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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Sean Payton may be the best offensive coach in the NFL. As a fan I could not be happier he is back. But we need someone to run the defense. My opinion is until we get a great defensive guru in, we will not be an elite team. Spags in not the guy.

Spags is a good coach, but they need to upgrade the D-line. Getting pressure with the front alone without blitzing regularly is a big part of what he wants to do. They didn't get that done.

 
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