After rumors had been swirling for awhile, on Friday they came to an end as the New Orleans Saints gave suspended coach Sean Payton a five-year contract extension. His contract was to expire after this season’s end.
If he didn’t reach an agreement with his team, Payton had said he’d keep his options open. Some thought this may have included the Dallas Cowboys.
NFL.com Jay Glazer broke the story and details from it are not final. The contract will require approval from the NFL. This comes after Payton had signed an extension with the team in 2011 but the league did not accept it due to some language.
Payton said via NOLA.com, “We worked a long time on it and everything worked out, and I’ll leave it at that. And we’ll leave it at that.”
Saints owner Tom Benson and Payton had attended a New Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors game on Friday. The two have kept in touch weekly during Payton’s suspension and Benson said on Friday, “He’s always been our head coach. I never had any doubt about that.”
This season, the Saints have a 7-8 record without Payton and they will not be going to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Upon learning the news, Saints quarterback Drew Brees texted via The Times-Picayune, “Very happy that it is official. Never had any doubts though.”
Payton has been the Saints head coach since 2006 and has a 62-34 record.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has allegedly said he will not restructure his contract to remain with the team next season.
In 2013, Vick has a $15.5 million base salary coming his way but the Eagles probably won’t keep him at that number should he have to compete against backup quarterback Nick Foles for the starting role as an “emergency” backup reported The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Earlier this week Vick had been asked if he’d be open to a contract negotiation and he said he would not speculate on that. An NFL source has said that Vick would be unlikely to do so.
The clock is ticking as the Eagles have until Feb. 6 to make a decision regarding Vick. Should they get rid of him prior to that, they won’t have to pay him a guaranteed $3 million that comes in right after the Super Bowl, reported ESPN.
On Sunday, Vick will get the starting nod over Foles who is out with a broken hand. The former starter hasn’t played since Nov. 11 when he suffered a concussion and lost his starting role to Foles.
To date, Vick has 2,165 passing yards, 11 touchdowns with nine picks. This week the Eagles play the New York Giants.