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NuNu318 11-06-2012 01:54 PM

Sources: Saints owner considering making Sean Payton highest-paid coach in NFL
 
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By Mike Freeman | National NFL Insider

The question has been a popular one in recent days: Where will exiled coach Sean Payton coach once he returns to the NFL?

The answer might be a simple one. Saints owner Tom Benson is strongly considering making Payton the highest-paid coach in football, according to league sources.

Payton wants to be the highest-paid, and Benson might be willing to accomodate him. Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the NFL's highest paid coach, checking in at a reported $7.5 million per year.

Benson, I'm told, has long thought of Payton as the best coach in football. It was Payton, of course, who made the Saints one of the most unlikely champions in all of sports. Benson has never forgotten what Payton did and wants to reward him for that, I'm told.

Benson also feels strongly that the Saints' slow start to the season (the team is performing better now) isn't as much about Bountygate as it is about not having Payton for the season.

Benson, I'm told, also believes it is imperative to head off any potential suitors. Though it remains unclear what exactly Payton's contractual status will be once he returns, Benson wants to take no chances.

Benson is also extremely loyal to Benson, a loyalty increased by Bountygate. Benson, these sources say, remains extremely irritated over the length of the suspensions. He met with Roger Goodell in August to express his displeasure.

Benson, in effect, wants to stop any possible end run around him to get to Payton. While Payton's name has been linked to the Dallas Cowboys, the belief around the league is the best possible suitor is Philadelphia. It appears increasingly likely that Andy Reid will be fired. The Cleveland Browns should also not be ruled out of any possible Payton sweepstakes.

In the past, Benson was known for not paying his top players or coaches, well, top dollar. Yes, he was considered cheap.

No longer. The contract that Benson gave Drew Brees was one of the richest in league history. Brees received a salary averaging $20 million per season, $60 million in guaranteed money and a $37 million signing bonus.

And it sounds like Benson is about to open his checkbook nice and wide for Payton.

Sources: Saints owner considering making Sean Payton highest-paid coach in NFL - CBSSports.com

saintfan 11-06-2012 02:04 PM

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Making Sean the highest paid coach would rock. It would stick in Rogers side like a hot knife.

Write him a really big check Tommy. It's clear we aren't the same without him.

WhoDat!656 11-06-2012 02:09 PM

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There is something nice about a big number on a contract with a $ in front of it!!

Jamessr 11-06-2012 02:18 PM

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It kinda pisses me off the end hear the "Payton sweepstakes"

Kinda like the "he's ours back off !!" mentaility here

onebyone 11-06-2012 02:20 PM

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Make it happen Benson!

"Benson is also extremely loyal to Benson, a loyalty increased by Bountygate."

I don't know if that was a typo or what, but that made me laugh.

TheOak 11-06-2012 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Jamessr (Post 454815)
It kinda pisses me off the end hear the "Payton sweepstakes"

Kinda like the "he's ours back off !!" mentaility here

Que?

The Dude 11-06-2012 02:22 PM

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SAY what you want about Benson, with all the **** he put us through in the past, he has turned out to be one of the leagues best and most committed owners.

Jamessr 11-06-2012 02:22 PM

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wtf does Que mean?

TheOak 11-06-2012 02:22 PM

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Pay him.... Just like you paid Brees... We owe SB 44 in no small part to those two men.

TheOak 11-06-2012 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Jamessr (Post 454821)
wtf does Que mean?

Exactly LOL.. WTF was your post, i am still trying to decipher it. :P: :-)

I am in Houston.. Que = what


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