New Orleans Saints Sign Head Coach Sean Payton To Contract Extension

“Sean has been a critical part of our success, getting him signed to a long-term deal is very important to our organization and we are pleased to have it finalized, We have already begun the process of planning for the 2013 season, turning the page on 2012. We have challenges ahead, but they are nothing we cannot overcome. I know Sean is ready to get back to football in 2013.”

– Mickey Loomis, Executive Vice President and General Manager, New Orleans Saints.

The New Orleans Saints organization made an announcement today. According to a YouWager news source, the head coach has signed a five-year contract extension that will run through the 2017 NFL football wagering season.

Tom Benson, owner and Chairman of the Board of the Saints, told YouWager’s source, “I am excited that we have finalized this contract with Sean. He has been a great leader for our organization. He and Mickey have built a foundation of success as they have built the roster. We have already begun preparations for the 2013 season and I look forward to getting Sean back in the building as soon as possible, as I know our fans do as well.”

As most of YouWager’s serious football bettors know, since Payton took over, as head coach for the Saints, back in January of 2006, he led the team to the most successful time in the history of franchise. Payton helped the Saints take the three NFC South division titles and make it to four playoff matches. Two of Payton’s teams went to NFC Championship contests. And as YouWager’s bettors will remember, the 2009 version even won Super Bowl XLIV.

Under Payton, as an NFL analyst at YouWager points out, New Orleans set 23 records for the team in a single season. Six are league records. The Saints, with Payton and a coach, led the NFL in net yards per game four times. YouWager’s NFL expert says this includes 7,474 in the 2011 NFL football betting season. 13 of Payton’s players have been selected to the Pro Bowl.

Payton began his coaching career as offensive assistant for San Diego State University. He had many assistant coaching positions on both college and professional in teams before he became the 10th head coach of the Saints in 2006. The Saints made the NFL playoffs in 2006, after a 3-13 season in 2005. Because of this, Payton was named the AP NFL Coach of the Year. But in March of 2012, Payton was suspended for the entire season after the league’s investigation into the now famous bounty-for-hits program. Payton has continued to deny that such a program ever existed.

Payton’s assistant coach, Joe Vitt, said, “We had a pay to perform program, just like many NFL teams do, but there was never a bounty program, we didn’t ever encourage a pay-to-injure program. That’s just not true. We never crossed the line.”

YouWager’s NFL pro says an earlier agreed-upon extension of Payton’s contract, that ran to 2015, was voided by the NFL. Payton always told YouWager sources that he intended to return to the New Orleans Saints.