Saints News 5/22/13: Sean Payton Takes Lead As America's Highest Paid Coach

Alex Wong

Forbes announced that Payton's salary this year will be a little higher than the previously highest paid American coach Bill Belichick. Not bad for a guy who just got suspended for a year and was forced to stand by silently as his character and reputation were dragged through the mud by a twisted commissioner and a lazy, scandal-centric sports media. Thank you, Tom Benson, for not listening to those A-holes when they foolishly called for our Super Bowl-winning coach to be fired.

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Sean Payton replaces Bill Belichick as America's highest paid coach | NOLA.com
He'll be paid about $8 million per year with the New Orleans Saints

Saints' Payton listed as top-earning American coach by Forbes | wwltv.com New Orleans
Sean Payton came back from his one season suspension a richer man.

The Highest-Paid Coaches In U.S. Sports - Forbes
Bill Belichick’s two-year run as America’s highest-paid coach has come to an end. That title now belongs to Sean Payton, the fellow NFL coach who will be paid around $8 million per year to lead the New Orleans Saints for the next five seasons.

The Saints' 2013 positives, D-Line position battles, Saints OTA news and more on 'Black and Gold Today' | NOLA.com
The Saints have several key 2013 additions to help the team rally from a disappointing 2012.

From NOLA to Vegas: Saints or sinners? - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
To be able to see some real NFL football we still have to wait patiently for a couple of months. Until then, everybody tries to get busy following other sports: that’s the only way to survive until September, I guess. You can choose (well, you don’t necessarily have to choose) between baseball, basketball, hockey and list goes on.

Saints Nation: Most Intriguing Camp Battles
There's a number of starting spots that I feel are up for grabs right now as OTAs are under way and there's a number of battles I'm incredibly intrigued by. The scheme switch to a 3-4 will create an enormous amount of competition, as will some changes on the offense with the departure of Devery Henderson and Jermon Bushrod.

Introducing New Orleans Saints first-round draft pick put smile on face of 13-year-old cancer patient | NOLA.com
Iberia Parish's Markell Gregoire had a moment in the spotlight at NFL draft

New Orleans Saints: Rob Ryan's Defense is in Full Effect
Will Smith has changed positions in the new 3-4 New Orleans Saints' defensive system.

Kenny Vaccaro: New Orleans Saints Rookie will win the Defensive ROY
Will Kenny Vaccaro rejuvenate a horrible Saints pass defense on his way to becoming the defensive rookie of the year?

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Unnamed NFC executive calls bulls*** on league's reason for moving back the Draft

Some team execs not thrilled about delayed draft | ProFootballTalk
"The league coming out and saying this is because of the Easter Bunny and the [Radio City Spring Spectacular] is almost embarrassing," the unnamed executive told Banks. "This is the NFL. You think we couldn’t get those dates or make something work if we really wanted to? This is about moving the draft into May for [TV network] sweeps month. I’d rather somebody be honest and come out and just admit that it’s about ratings and TV issues. But I get it. I suppose we all should be thankful in that everybody in the league benefits financially when the league has success from a TV perspective."

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Other NFL News

Brian Urlacher announces his retirement | ProFootballTalk
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs misses playing alongside Brian Urlacher, but he isn't going to have to get used to seeing Urlacher play in another uniform.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree reportedly tore Achilles on Tuesday | NOLA.com
The 49ers will play the Saints on Nov. 17

Michael Crabtree has Achilles surgery, out six months | ProFootballTalk
According to multiple reports, doctors believe Crabtree will be out about six months. That would put his return in late November, around Week 12 of the regular season.

Ryan projected to join $100 million club | Atlanta Falcons | www.ajc.com
In the coming days, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is set to join the National Football League’s $100 million club.

Charles Woodson joins Oakland Raiders for one season - NFL.com
Charles Woodson's long trek through free agency is over. The veteran safety is returning to the Oakland Raiders, who picked him fourth overall in the 1998 NFL Draft.

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