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Wise move by Saints to keep the Loomis/Payton connection together


Jan 23, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis with head coach Sean Payton scouting the Senior Bowl north squad practice a day after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (not pictured) reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton after his season long suspension. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Sean Payton was announced to have some company in the contract extension department when the New Orleans Saints announced that general manager signed a 5-year contract extension as well.

The extension supposedly happened this past August before Payton’s over a month ago but that’s because the suspended head coach was denied his original extension the Saints had given him.

The NFL rejected the contract originally because of some questionable language that was contained inside and rumors flew that Payton could be headed elsewhere as a free agent.  However he said all along that he wasn’t going anywhere even when the media had him going to the Dallas Cowboys of all places.

The Saints were extremely smart in keeping the combination of Loomis and Payton together for another five years.  Payton is the one who is the ultimate captain who steers the ship while Loomis provides the resources to sail that ship, along with the undying support of both from owner Tom Benson.

While even quarterback Drew Brees won’t say that Payton could have helped the Saints season this past year, it certainly couldn’t have hurt.  The Saints salary cap situation is in the red by at least $14 million and that Loomis magic calculator will be needed soon.