Report: Payton to get more than $8M a year
Sean Payton's five-year contract extension with the New Orleans Saints is expected to pay him more than $8 million annually, which should...
Sean Payton's five-year contract extension with the New Orleans Saints is expected to pay him more than $8 million annually, which should establish him as the NFL's highest-paid coach, a league source told ESPN.com.
Payton and Saints owner Tom Benson only have agreed in principle to the extension. The contract has yet to be approved by the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell, who refused to validate a 2011 agreement between the team and Payton because of a clause that permitted Payton to leave the franchise if general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended, fired or otherwise left the front office.
A source familiar with the negotiations said that language has been "cleaned up" and no issue regarding league approval is expected.
The Cleveland Browns are expected to clean house Monday, letting go of both coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, citing league sources.
Shurmur's status became tenuous once owner Jimmy Haslam III took over the team and president Mike Holmgren exited the organization earlier this season.
• Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is not willing to restructure his contract to remain with the team, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The newspaper, citing a league source, reported Vick is not open to restructuring his deal, which calls for him to make $15.5 million in base salary next season.
• Former Pittsburgh Steelers center and coach Chuck Cherundolo died of heart failure in Lakeland, Fla., at the age of 96.