Saints coach Sean Payton agrees to 5-year contract extension _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton smiles during a press conference as he announces that he is staying as head coach at the Saints training facility in Metairie, La. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.


INDIANAPOLIS — It looks like the Sean Payton will be staying in town for at least a few more years.

The Saints coach told Pro Football Talk that he is closing in on a new contract extension with the team and said he wants to stay here for at least four or five more years.

There was rampant speculation that Payton was going to leave town last season but he ended up staying in New Orleans and vocalized that he remains dedicated to his job and does not want to coach anywhere else.

Payton also told Pro Football talk he expects the Saints to extend Drew Brees’ contract in the near future.

The quarterback has one year remaining on his deal and is set to count $30 million against the salary cap in 2016.

Payton, who spoke with the NFL Network on Thursday, said you can count him among those who are confident about the situation.

“I think the Drew Brees contract that will get done very easily,” Payton said. “I think (general manager) Mickey (Loomis) and (owner) Tom (Benson), I know they already visited. Mickey and I just spoke briefly about it.

“I go to bed thinking about improving our defense. I don’t mean to skirt that but I just know there will be an extension and I know things will get worked out. I just know where he’s at and his mind set and his competitive nature of wanting to be successful and I know without speaking for him, hey, there’s still more success to be had.”

Speaking on Sirius XM radio prior to the combine, Loomis also said he expected a deal to get done but noted he had not yet spoken with Brees’ agent.