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Sean Payton: 'I plan on finishing my career here'

Saints head coach Sean Payton (FOX 8 Photo | Mark Lagrange) Saints head coach Sean Payton (FOX 8 Photo | Mark Lagrange)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton plans on remaining with the Saints next season.

Coach Payton addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon to announce that he will return to coach the New Orleans Saints for the 2016-17 season. Payton said the contract extension would take care of itself and "this is where I plan on coaching and I don't ever see myself coaching anywhere else."

Rumors had been swirling for weeks about the fate of the only Super Bowl–winning coach in franchise history. After two consecutive 7-9 seasons, speculation centered on whether Payton would leave the team, be dismissed, or be traded to another team.

Social media chatter pegged the going rate for Payton at a second round draft pick. That price, given Payton’s record and tenure, seemed somewhat low.

Payton, hired in 2006, along with newly signed free agent quarterback Drew Brees, led the team to its first appearance in an NFC Conference Championship game.

The high point to date was the 2009 victory in Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints began that season 13-0 and went on to beat Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts 31-17. That win provided a shot in the arm to a beleaguered city still emerging from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.

Under Payton, the Saints have reached the playoffs five times and won three NFC South Division titles. Payton has a 6-4 (.600) record in post season play.

Payton amassed a 87-57 (.604) regular season record in 144 games over 9 years, according to the football statistics website Pro Football Reference.

Payton’s tenure this season was marked by turmoil. The Saints got off to a 1-4 start, in large measure due to a suspect defense that ended up ranked last in the NFL.

That defensive performance led to the mid-season ouster of Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan, who was replaced by Senior Defensive Assistant Dennis Allen.

Payton was also suspended by the NFL for a full season in 2012 for his involvement in the Bounty Gate scandal where players were accused of offering monetary rewards for hits on specific players.

Former Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams was also suspended by the league for his involvement in the controversy. 

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