Saints secure Sean Payton through 2015

Nice move by the New Orleans Saints on Monday morning. The team just announced coach Sean Payton has agreed to terms on a contract extension that will run through the 2015 season.

Payton’s previous contract was scheduled to run through 2012 and averaged $4.5 million a season. It’s safe to assume the new deal includes a raise in pay.

The move makes lots of sense because Payton has been the only coach in franchise history to win a Super Bowl and the Saints have had back-to-back winning seasons. Payton’s offseason announcement that he was moving his family to the Dallas area and he would “commute’’ between there and New Orleans led to some speculation that he might not be with the Saints much longer.

But the extension should put an end to that talk.

“I am very pleased to announce this contract extension today for Sean that will run through the 2015 season,” Saints owner Tom Benson said. “Our goal is to continue to build a tradition of winning here in New Orleans and Sean represents that tradition.”

Payton also led the Saints to the NFC Championship Game in his first season, 2006.