At the end of a disappointing 2015 season there was speculation that days were numbered for Sean Payton as HC of the New Orleans Saints. They had missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season and, after 10 years at the helm, people were questioning if Payton’s methods were becoming stale. Well that speculation came to an emphatic end today as Payton announced he and the New Orleans Saints had agreed an extension to keep him in Louisiana for the next 5 years, paying him more than $45 million. That contract puts the Head Coach behind only quarterback Drew Brees and defensive end Jordan Cameron on the Saints annual wage bill. Payton’s record as Head Coach for the Saints speaks for itself. He took over the team in 2006 of the back of a 3-13 record and got them to the NFC Conference Game in his first year. The Saints have never dipped below 7 wins during his tenure and have become an offensive juggernaut. Five times they have lead the NFL in total offense, including their magical Super Bowl winning season in 2009. Of course it hasn’t been a totally smooth ride; Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season as a result of the “BountyGate” scandal. Despite that, Sean Payton has become as synonymous with the Saints as Bill Belichick and the Patriots or Bill Walsh and the 49ers. Payton played a big part in convincing Drew Brees to come to New Orleans and it seems like his new contract extension will play a big part in keeping the 9-time Pro Bowl quarterback in the Big Easy. Payton stated in his press conference that the team was now working on an extension with Brees who is in the final season of his 5 year, $100 million contract. With both Payton and Brees at the helm the Saints offense should be a force again in 2016 as they look to reestablish themselves as Super Bowl contenders.