Report: Sean Payton staying with Saints

It appears as though Sean Payton will remain the coach of the New Orleans Saints -- once he is reinstated from his season-long suspension.

Although there had been speculation that Payton could become a free agent due to a botched previous contract, that doesn’t look like it is going to happen. Payton and the Saints reportedly have agreed to the outline of a new contract extension.

The deal hasn’t been finalized yet and would have to be approved by the NFL, which nullified the first extension because it contained language the league didn’t approve of. Assuming this deal gets finalized and is approved by the NFL, it will put an end to speculation that Payton might jump to the Dallas Cowboys.

This is very positive news for a New Orleans fan base that hasn’t had much since the bounty scandal became public in March. Payton is supposed to be eligible to return to work the day after the Super Bowl -- and he’ll be trying to recharge a team that slumped into mediocrity in his absence.