Jan 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches from the sideline during the fourth quarter of the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Saints 36-32. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
For weeks speculation has run rampant as to what the future may hold for exiled New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Payton was suspended by the league for the entirety of the 2012 season after allegations surfaced he knowingly allowed a bounty system to take place during the tenure of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
More recently reports leaked out that the NFL voided Payton’s contract extension with the Saints after discovering an “unacceptable” clause that would allow Payton to leave the team in the event general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended or fired.
Once these reports surfaced Payton’s name became entwined with that of embattled Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garret, with the general consensus being if Dallas were to part ways with Garret that owner Jerry Jones would aggressively pursue Payton as his replacement.
In 2006 Jones essentially let Payton walk over to the New Orleans Saints after serving as the Cowboys offensive coordinator and assistant head coach from 2003 to 2005.
But it looks like Jerry Jones won’t get a second chance as NFL insiders Jay Glazer, Adam Schefter, and Jason La Canfora have all reported that Payton has agreed, at least in principal, to a new multi-year deal to return to the New Orleans Saints.
This news is a huge boost to the Saints organization and a fan base that has lived through a tumultuous, yo-yo 7-and-8 record so far this season in Payton’s absence.
With Payton at the helm the Saints won more games from 2009 to 2011 than any team in the NFL (37) and of course took home the franchise’s first ever Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV 31-17.
Earlier this year New Orleans was able to lock-up quarterback Drew Brees with a new five-year, 100-million dollar contract. Keeping Payton in his now famous Saints visor was the next logical step and one that helps ensure the teams future as a bright one.
The details of the rumored new deal have not yet been disclosed, but details surely don’t matter to Saints fans long overdue for some good news.