Sean Payton
Sean Payton and the Saints have agreed to a new 5-Year contract extension #GoSaints (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Sean Payton has been rumored to leave the Saints for what seems like forever. Not so fast! New Orleans is locking their coach down. Payton will sign a 5-year extension to stay with the Saints. The franchise has rewarded the only coach to ever win a championship with a new payday. Payton’s deal was set to expire in 2020 but isn’t going anywhere now.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported the news:

Payton led the Saints to their only championship in 2010. That win came against the Payton Manning Colts. Payton’s decision to go with a ballsy onside kick may have been the gutsiest call ever in a Super Bowl and probably directly led to a championship.

Sean Payton is a very good coach. He’s one of the best offensive coaches in the sport. Payton has a career record of 119-74. A lot of those came with bad defenses. Payton could have won the Super Bowl in back to back years but the Saints season ended in heartbreak. First it was the Minnesota miracle. Then the non pass interference call against LA. What could have been.

Sean Payton is a really great coach. He is the last true Bill Parcells disciple. Payton spent time as Parcells’ offensive coordinator in Dallas during the 2003-2005 seasons. Payton helped Tony Romo’s career tremendously.

New Orleans finds themselves in a tricky spot. How many years does Drew Brees have left? Is Teddy Bridgewater the answer? When will Taysom Hill get his chance? It is a tricky situation to watch moving forward. Given the fact that Brees is a folk hero in the city of New Orleans, you would have to think the Saints will give Brees a chance to retire in their uniform.