New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton signed a five-year contract extension Wednesday that will run through the 2017 season.
The team announced the extension but did not release financial details of the deal. Payton had agreed to the deal in principle on Dec. 29.
''Sean has been a critical part of our success, getting him signed to a long-term deal is very important to our organization and we are pleased to have it finalized,'' Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said in statement released by the team. ''We have already begun the process of planning for the 2013 season, turning the page on 2012. We have challenges ahead, but they are nothing we cannot overcome. I know Sean is ready to get back to football in 2013.''
Payton has guided the most successful period in the franchise's history, leading the Saints to three NFC South division titles and four postseason appearances. Two of his teams advanced to the NFC Championship and the 2009 squad won...