Report: Saints’ Pay­ton agrees to a mul­ti­year con­tract ex­ten­sion

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Sus­pended New Or­leans Saints head coach Sean Pay­ton has agreed in prin­ci­ple to a mul­ti­year con­tract ex­ten­sion, ac­cord­ing to two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the deal.

The peo­ple told The As­so­ci­ated Press about the deal Fri­day on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause it hasn’t been signed and fi­nal de­tails re­gard­ing the length of the con­tract and fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion are still be­ing worked out.

Pay­ton was due to be­gin his sev­enth sea­son as the Saints’ head coach in 2012 be­fore be­ing sus­pended for the whole sea­son by NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell in con­nec­tion with the NFL’s bounty in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Pay­ton signed an ex­ten­sion in 2011, but Good­ell ob­jected to cer­tain lan­guage in that deal, leav­ing Pay­ton’s fu­ture un­cer­tain un­til the deal was reached Fri­day.

The agree­ment was first re­ported by Fox Sports.

Pay­ton is the only coach in Saints his­tory to win a Su­per Bowl, a ti­tle earned at the end of the 2009 sea­son. But his legacy was tar­nished by the NFL’s bounty probe, as Good­ell ruled that Pay­ton failed to ex­ert proper in­sti­tu­tional con­trol over a cash-for-hits bounty pro­gram run by former de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Gregg Wil­liams from 2009-2011.

Although the Saints ob­jected to the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of what coaches and play­ers have said was noth­ing more than a per­for­mance pool for big plays, Good­ell sus­pended Pay­ton for the en­tire sea­son. The com­mis­sioner also sus­pended gen­eral man­ager Mickey Loomis for half of the sea­son and as­sis­tant head coach Joe Vitt for six games.

Pay­ton is 62-34 as in reg­u­lar-sea­son games as Saints head coach and 5-3 in the post­sea­son..

Giants: The team will host com­mu­nity mem­bers from New­town, Conn., at Sun­day’s reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale against the Philadel­phia Ea­gles, it was an­nounced Fri­day. The Giants will bus in Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary stu­dents, par­ents, teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors for the game. The Dec. 14 school shoot­ing there claimed 26 lives.

Jaguars: Run­ning back Mau­rice Jones-Drew will have surgery on his left foot and will be out at least un­til May.

Pan­thers: Quar­ter­back Cam New­ton was fined $21,000 for abu­sive con­duct to­ward a game of­fi­cial, and an­other $10,000 for kick­ing Oak­land’s Tommy Kelly af­ter a play was over. New­ton shouted at and bumped ref­eree Jerome Boger in the fourth quar­ter of Carolina’s 17-6 win Sun­day.

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