I guess getting suspended for a year for putting out hits on opposing players wasn't much of a penalty for suspended New Orleans coach Sean Payton. New Orleans just rewarded him for his coaching methods with a multi-year contract that will make him the highest paid coach in the NFL.
ESPN's Ed Werder, citing a league source, reported Saturday that Payton, who agreed to a five-year contract extension the previous night, is expected to make in excess of $8 million annually.
Man, those are some eye-popping figures for a head coach.
If true, and the NFL still must approve the contract, this makes Payton the highest-paid coach in America, among all sports, according to Forbes, surpassing what the magazine lists as the $7.5 million the New England Patriots annually pay Bill Belichick.
New Orleans was in danger of losing Payton after the NFL had voided his original extension signed in 2011 as a result of the team's bounty scandal. There's no doubt Payton would have garnered a ton of attention, but clearly Saints owner Tom Benson saw it as a top priority to keep his Super Bowl-winning coach.