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Sean Payton came back from his one season suspension a richer man.

This we knew.

Today, Forbes.com gave us an idea just how much wealth Payton has turned his success into.

The financial website lists Payton as the America's top-paid coach at an estimated $8 million a year, a half million more than the Bill Belichick, the next highest-paid coach.

Other interesting observations:

  • Andy Reid parlayed getting fired from the Philadelphia Eagles into a $7.5 million job with the Kansas City Chiefs, a franchise searching to get out of the league's cellar.
  • The top five highest-paid coaches all reside in the NFL, with the NBA's Doc Rivers becoming the best paid coach leading a team that doesn't reside in America's favorite sports league. In fact, eight of the 10 highest-paid coaches are in the NFL.
  • Chip Kelly is 0-0 as a professional coach and his wide-open system still isn't proven to work at the NFL level. And yet, he's on the list as the ninth-highest paid coach in American sports at $6.5 million per year. He's $500,000 richer per year than San Antonio's Gregg Popovich, who has won four NBA titles and is two wins away from another league title series appearance.

For the full list, click over to the Forbes.com story.

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