The New Orleans Saints are set to make Sean Payton the highest paid coach in the NFL as they will reportedly sign Payton to a five-year contract extension worth about eight million dollars a year. The Saints are ecstatic to have Payton back at the helm and will be ready for next season.
It seems that the Saints have learned their lesson from last off-season when they were going through another high profile contract extension. This past off-season the Saints almost did not re-sign quarterback Drew Brees before the deadline.
Brees and the Saints were very far apart from a deal but the organization was finally able to agree on a deal with Brees. Brees’ $100 million contract is the highest in the NFL and will keep him with the Saints for the next five seasons. The Saints did not want to go through another debacle similar to Brees’ contract situation and did not hesitate to re-sign Payton.
The Saints definitely learned from their past mistakes and will likely go into this off-season without too much controversy much like last season. The Saints organization has also proved that they are willing to spend the money to get the right personnel.
Payton was expected to get a lot of big offers if he hit the open market but Saints owner Tom Benson wasted no time locking up Payton. The Saints now have the highest paid player and the highest paid coach in the NFL. Some people might think Benson overpaid but I would disagree with some of those naysayers.
The combination of Brees and Payton is one of most successful in the NFL and it is evident that they two missed each other on the field this season. With Payton already under contract the Saints can focus on getting the team ready for next season where expectations will surely be high.
The Saints made the right move by re-signing Payton as he is one of the best coaches in the NFL. I think next season the Saints will be a much more improved team and could really emerge as a Super Bowl contender out of the NFC. Only time will tell if that will happen, but one thing is for sure, having Payton back is a step in the right direction for the Saints.