The New Orleans Saints might not be playing in the NFL playoffs at the moment, but they still managed to score a major victory anyways. 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.
“Sean has been a critical part of our success, getting him signed to a long-term deal is very important to our organization and we are pleased to have it finalized,” Saints owner Mickey Loomis said. “We have already begun the process of planning for the 2013 season, turning the page on 2012. We have challenges ahead, but they are nothing we cannot overcome. I know Sean is ready to get back to football in 2013.”
While Payton has inked his deal, 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.