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Saints announce extension with Sean Payton

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The Saints and coach Sean Payton previously had reached an agreement in principle on a new contract.  The agreement in principle has now become an agreement in reality.

The team has announced that Payton’s new five-year contract has been signed.“I am excited that we have finalized this contract with Sean,” Saints owner Tom Benson said.  “He has been a great leader for our organization.  He and Mickey [Loomis] have built a foundation of success as they have built the roster.  We have already begun preparations for the 2013 season and I look forward to getting Sean back in the building as soon as possible, as I know our fans do as well.”

“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,” 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.”

Payton can’t get back to football until he’s reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell.  The league says there’s no timetable for considering whether and when Payton will be allowed to return from a suspension that is supposed to last through the Super Bowl.

Given that the Saints’ season is over and preparations are beginning for 2013, there seems to be no further reason to delay taking up the question of whether he should be allowed to return to work.

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16 Responses to “Saints announce extension with Sean Payton”
  1. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 9, 2013 5:55 PM

    Good start. Now lets fire Spagnola and start the procedure to get our 2nd round pick back.

  2. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 9, 2013 5:56 PM

    Reinstating him now would make too much sense and that’s exactly why it won’t happen.

  3. boobsmcgoo says: Jan 9, 2013 5:56 PM

    Hey Cowboys fans, you can’t have him!

    Hey Vikings fans, you can’t have the Lombardi, but you can catch a ride on Fred Smoot’s love boat and cruise on down the Mississippi to look at it!

  4. the1bigbird says: Jan 9, 2013 6:07 PM

    it is apparant crime only pays in New Orleans.

  5. fuglyflorio says: Jan 9, 2013 6:16 PM

    Haven’t they announced this about 5 times already?

  6. kane337 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:41 PM

    Thanks for the $500,000 fine and loss of draft picks. Now here’s your raise.

  7. pobreezy says: Jan 9, 2013 6:50 PM

    @ the1bigbird

    I’ll the hundreth person to ask this, though I have not heard an actual answer. Maybe you have 1 for the first time on this site.

    What crime did the saints actually commit?

    I will not accept things said behind closed doors that is hearsay, I want an example of on the field “crimes” as you put it. You know, something that qualifies as cheating.

  8. gtodriver says: Jan 9, 2013 7:17 PM

    “Given that the Saints’ season is over and preparations are beginning for 2013, there seems to be no further reason to delay taking up the question of whether he should be allowed to return to work.”

    He was suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season – which is not over yet.

    Why is that so hard for people to understand?

  9. fruitcovejag says: Jan 9, 2013 7:22 PM

    Overrated! Drew Brees is the reason for the success.

  10. djaehne says: Jan 9, 2013 7:52 PM

    Drew Brees will need an explanation, to be sure.

  11. Bob says: Jan 9, 2013 8:12 PM

    “What crime did the saints actually commit?

    I will not accept things said behind closed doors that is hearsay, I want an example of on the field “crimes” as you put it. You know, something that qualifies as cheating.”

    You mean, like what the Patriots did? Funny how no one was suspended in that case. Oh, yeah, didn’t Robert Kraft help Goodell get his job?

    ———

    “Overrated! Drew Brees is the reason for the success.”

    What league were you watching this year? With Brees (and without Payton), the Saints were 7-9, first losing season since ’07. And it wasn’t all the defense’s fault. Brees threw crucial INTs at bad times against the 49ers and Falcons, and couldn’t muster a first down from the middle of the third quarter on in a loss against the 2-14 Chiefs.

  12. the1bigbird says: Jan 9, 2013 8:23 PM

    PObreezy,
    Look up the definition of “conspiracy” and “cover up”. That should answer your question.

    Keep in mind if the Saints would have halted the practice when asked the 1st time all of this would have been avoided. That is where the blame resides.

  13. Dave61548 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:26 PM

    @the1bigbird – what were they supposed to stop? The NFL claims they had a “bounty” program. The Saints ad a pay for performance program, which is very different. They didn’t have a bounty program, so they had nothing to stop.

    So – there is no “conspiracy” not “coverup” on the Saints part. Instead we have a huge “cover-up” on the NFL’s part, and idiots who are too stupid to think for themselves and believe the NFL’s fairy tale that post their stupidity in comment sections like this one.

  14. vegasvinnie says: Jan 9, 2013 10:55 PM

    the1bigbird says:
    Jan 9, 2013 8:23 PM
    PObreezy,
    Look up the definition of “conspiracy” and “cover up”. That should answer your question.

    Keep in mind if the Saints would have halted the practice when asked the 1st time all of this would have been avoided. That is where the blame resides.
    ===================================
    In other words, you couldn’t answer his question, either.

    Let me specify for the English impaired. Give us examples of ON THE FIELD actions that showed that a bounty program existed. Show us SPECIFIC late hits, times where a Saints defender deliberately hit a player late or dove at his knees, deliberately looking to hurt him. Then watch me show you many more times where any number of teams put the exact same hits on their opponents.

    Like Goodell, none of you have anything. Have a nice day. :)

  15. redstar504 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:04 PM

    @the1bigbird
    Your right on the point that it should have been halted and if the punishment was for lying to the comish that is fine we deserve it in spades but:
    1.) That was way to harsh for lying to the comish just look at Taggs retort Brett got a slap on the wrist for lying about the photos he sent
    2.) the reps of several players were ruined specifically Jon Villma who has a rep as a cheep shot artist which couldn’t be further than the truth because he is about as clean on and off the field as they come
    3.) the saints now have a rep as a dirty team when they are one of the least penalized teams re:personal fouls
    4.) the team forfeited a season basically behind some blown out of proportion nonsense
    5.) We paid our dues it’s now over Sean Payton is one of the best coaches in the NFL he fell on the sword and took the rap for his players and the orginazation unlike Greg Williams who sold the team and his players up the river so yeh he gets a reward and Greg Williams is where he deserves to be unemployed

    This was all a lot of overblown junk started by a disgruntled exemployee its over time to move on

  16. marat28051988 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:50 PM

    Wait, did I just hear the sound of a collective groan coming from Atlanta?

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