There was growing drama on the bayou as to whether or not the New Orleans Saints would be able to work out a new contract with head coach Sean Payton before the NFL’s deadline. But all worries can be put to bed, as both sides have agreed on a multi-year deal that will keep Payton in New Orleans for the foreseeable future.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Saints and the coach Sean Payton have agreed in principle to a multi-year contract extension.
The exact details of the deal are not yet known, but what is certain is that there will no longer be any doubts as to where Sean Payton will be coaching next season. Earlier in the year, and at the height of Bounty-gate, the Saints had a deal with Payton shot down by the NFL because of some issues with the fine print of the contract.
This lead to increased tensions between New Orleans and the NFL head office, and it called into question whether Payton would want to continue putting up with the abuse the Saints were receiving from the NFL.
Some said that Dallas would be the best destination for Payton and many “experts” had him going there this offseason. But in all the chaos, one thing was glazed over: Sean Payton’s undying loyalty to the Saints and to the players he’s coached for so many years. A deal was going to be worked out, it was just a matter of when.
But now that it’s a done deal, Saints fans can breath easy. Many are attributing Payton’s absence with the poor season New Orleans has endured, but this is the beginning of putting that all in the past.