ESPNis reporting that Saints head coach Sean Payton's new contract will likely make him the highest paid coach in pro football with a deal that will average about $8 million a year.

Payton, who benefitted from the team's struggles in his absence, would be just ahead of the Patriots Bill Belichick, who makes just under $8 million a year.

Payton also joins quarterback Drew Brees in the 'highest paid' category, as Brees signed the league's richest deal for a player in the offseason, making nearly $20 million a year.

The Saints officially announced the move with a Saturday morning email, one in which Benson said, 'Now we can focus our attention on building on the winning tradition with the Saints that Sean has played such a large role in.'

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