The New Orleans Saints announced today that Sean Payton has signed a new five-year contract extension that will run through the 2017 season.
"I am excited that we have finalized this contract with Sean," said Saints Owner/Chairman of the Board Tom Benson. "He has been a great leader for our organization. He and Mickey (Loomis) 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."
Payton was suspended for the 2012 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his alleged involvement in the Saints bounty scandal.
"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," said Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis. "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."