The uncertainty concerning Sean Payton's future ceased Friday evening with a joyful conclusion for New Orleans Saints fans as their Super Bowl-winning coach agreed to a five-year contract extension.
Payton's original contract extension - announced in September 2011 - was voided by the NFL before Payton was suspended for the season by the league as part of the bounty sanctions it hit the franchise with this spring. This new contract agreement still needs to be approved by the NFL but it should squash any sense that Payton will be coaching outside of New Orleans anytime soon. There had been considerable chatter that if the team and Payton couldn't agree to terms that another franchise - possibly the Dallas Cowboys - would make a run at the Saints' coach.
"The whole city is going to enjoy this Friday night," Saints fullback Jed Collins said about Payton's extension.
Compensation for Payton's newest contract extension wasn't disclosed Friday night.