Dec 18, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton takes off his cap as his team plays the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Saints win 42-20. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints is now the highest paid coach, not only in the NFL, but in our great country as we know it.
The question now becomes, is Payton worth what he’s making?
Chris Smith of Forbes.com recently listed the highest paid coaches in American sports. Not only is it the first time on the list for Payton, he also takes home the No. 1 spot:
"Payton usurped the Patriots’ Bill Belichick as the highest-paid coach in American sports when he signed a five-year deal that pays an estimated $8 million annually. The contract offer came after Payton, who led the Saints to their first ever championship in 2010, was suspended for the 2012 season for his purported involvement in the Saints’ bounty scandal."
Payton of course has a storied history with the Saints and has brought home one Super Bowl title. The problem is, he’s higher on the list than Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, a man who has brought home three Super Bowl victories.
The large number for Payton is of course skewed by the impact of the Bountygate penalties but at some point one has to wonder when enough is enough in terms of cash doled out for a head coach.
Payton joined the Saints in 2006 and to date has accumlated a 62-34 record while bringing in three NFC South championships and a Lombardi Trophy. He’s now tasked with navigating the franchise out of the bounty-filled waters and back into contention.
It’s safe to say Payton better be worth every penny with the massive task set before him.