Originally posted on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 11/4/12

Sean Payton's multiyear contract extension, which he signed in 2011 with the New Orleans Saints has been voided by the NFL because of the language in it, making the suspended coach a possible free agent after this season, according to the NFL.com. "Our office has made no determination on Sean Payton's's contract status with the Saints for next year," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement given to Rapoport. "All contracts between clubs and their employees must be approved by the commissioner, and we do not comment on specific terms of individual contracts. Any comment regarding the matter should come from Coach Payton and the Saints." NFL.com reports that:  Payton's contract now is scheduled to end in 2012, but that doesn't mean he'll automatically be a coaching free agent after this season. A source familiar with how the NFL operates in these situations cast doubt to NFL.com and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on if Payton would be a free agent. Lombardi also reported that many people in the league believe Payton's contract will carry over -- or "toll" -- into the 2013 season. When a player is suspended, their contract essentially is pushed back a year. The suspended year doesn't count. It's believed the same logic will apply here, meaning Payton would be under contract in New Orleans through the 2013 season. Ultimately, that decision is up to Goodell. Lombardi pointed out that Goodell has the unilateral right to rule on coaching contracts.

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