Sean Payton's five-year contract extension with the New Orleans Saints is expected to pay him more than $8 million annually, which should...
Sean Payton’s five-year contract extension with the New Orleans Saints is expected to pay him more than $8 million annually, which should establish him as the NFL’s highest-paid coach, a league source told ESPN.com.
Payton and Saints owner Tom Benson only have agreed in principle to the extension. The contract has yet to be approved by the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell, who refused to validate a 2011 agreement between the team and Payton because of a clause that permitted Payton to leave the franchise if general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended, fired or otherwise left the front office.
A source familiar with the negotiations said that language has been “cleaned up” and no issue regarding league approval is expected.
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