Saints lock-up Payton through 2012

NEW ORLEANS – Just moments before the Saints took the field to take on the Washington Redskins Coach Sean Payton got some very good news. The Saints inked the third year head coach to a contract extension though the 2012 season.

Payton was already signed through the 2009 season as head coach of the New Orleans Saints and his extension will keep on the sidelines in Black and Gold for three more seasons. Payton and the Saints were not in a celebrating type of mood as the Saints gave up fourteen unanswered points in the fourth quarter in their 29-24 loss to the Washington Redskins last Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field in Washington.

In two seasons Payton has complied a 19-17 overall record as head coach of the Saints. Payton led the Saints to a 10-6 record and the NFC South Title in his first season in 2006. The Saints also won their first divisional playoff game in team’s history in the 2006 season and advanced to the NFC Title Game for the first time in franchise history falling one game short of the Super Bowl losing to the Chicago Bears.

Last season the Saints took a few steps backwards as they entered the season as the favorite to get to Super Bowl XLII but fell well short of preseason expectations as they mustered a disappointing 7-9 record.

With his new deal Payton becomes one of the highest paid coaches in the National Football League. Only Seattle Coach Mike Holmgren, Denver’s Mike Shanahan, Tennessee’s Jeff Fisher and New England’s Bill Belichick make more money than Payton.

Under Payton the Saints have owned one of the best offenses in football the last two seasons and the popularity of the franchise is at an all time high with a huge waiting list for season tickets.

The Saints are on the road again this week as they travel to Denver to face the 2-0 Broncos.

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