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Saints ink Payton to new 5-year deal

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton (FOX 8 File) Saints Head Coach Sean Payton (FOX 8 File)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Welcome in to Juan's World where today, the Saints made their biggest move to date. They've taken another step towards keeping the band together.

Back in January, Head Coach Sean Payton vowed that New Orleans is where he wants to finish his coaching career. And now, his plan looks to be coming to fruition two months later in the form of a five-year, 45-million dollar contract extension, that keeps him with the black and gold through the 2020 season

 "This is where I see myself coaching", said Payton from the NFL owners meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.

It's something that Payton hinted at back in January, that both sides were close to coming together on an extension that would keep him around for years to come.

But, it was a bit hard to envision then, especially since, under Payton, the Saints have 'missed' the playoffs three of the last four seasons.

But, there's obviously a belief from the top of the organization down that Payton, along with Drew Brees, are the starting points for getting this team back to the Super Bowl.

"There's nothing worse coming to owners meeting and seeing the season in review by NFL films", said Payton. "It's why we do it...the excitement. We've had years where we've taken it for granted. Six was a special year. Nine, ten, eleven, thirteen and sometime you find yourself spending more time on trying to shake 15 or 14. (You spend) More time on why we weren't good enough."

Not good enough does not pertain to Drew Brees. In fact, despite missing his first game as a Saint, due to injury, number nine still turned in one of his better seasons as a pro

If getting Payton's deal done was priority number one, then locking up Brees long-term, while lessening his 30-million dollar hit to the salary cap, is 1-A.

"It's a negotiation so there's always back and forth," said Brees regarding his current contract situation. "I've got a very strong relationship with the Saints. Talks are ongoing. I don't know that it is something that will be done next week or before the end of the year or next year or when, I want to be a Saint for the rest of my career. I think I've got a lot of good years left. But I will allow them to take care of that and I will only report when something is done."

And the Saints are banking on this tandem to get them back to being amongst the elite teams in the NFL.

We shall see.

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