The New Orleans Saints announced Monday that the team and coach Sean Payton have agreed to terms on a new contract that will extend through the 2015 season.
“I am very pleased to announce this contract extension today for Sean that will run through the 2015 season,” Saints owner Tom Benson said in a statement issued by the team. “Our goal is to continue to build a TRADITION of winning here in New Orleans, and Sean represents that tradition.”
A contract extension Payton agreed to in 2008 was scheduled to expire after the 2012 season, but a new contract was expected after he led the Saints to a 13-3 regular-season record in 2009 and the organization’s first championship in Super Bowl XLIV.
Payton, 48, is 53-33 overall in five seasons since being named head coach in January 2006. The Saints are 49-31 in regular-season play with double-digit win seasons in 2006, ’09 and ’10 and are 4-2 in the playoffs under his direction.
The Saints open the regular season against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night in Lambeau Field in a game that will match the two most recent Super Bowl champions. The Packers won Super Bowl XLV in February with a 31-26 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Payton is scheduled to hold a post-practice news conference at 1:45 p.m. Monday.