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Sean Payton Contract Extension: Coach is Not Leaving New Orleans Anytime Soon

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Sean Payton will likely be coaching the Saints for another four or five years.

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Remember a few months ago when a whole bunch of sports media pundits said there was a very good chance that Saints head coach Sean Payton might leave New Orleans or be traded to take a head coaching position somewhere else? Well, as it turns out, the exact opposite is true.

Payton told Mike Florio today that not only is he not leaving for greener pastures, he expects to sign a contract extension with the team that will keep him in New Orleans for at least another four or five years.

In an interview that will be televised on Thursday night's edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, Payton said that he is close to finalizing a new contract with the team. Payton also said he envisions remaining with the Saints for at least the next four or five years.

Payton has two years remaining on the five-year, $40 million contract he signed in 2012. The deal made him the NFL's highest-paid coach, tied with Pete Carroll. Not sure if he's getting a raise, but given his recent track record I'm not sure he deserves it.