Saints Coach Reinstated After Bounty Scandal

Sean Payton now committed to 'safety'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 22, 2013 1:45 PM CST

(Newser) – Sean Payton is back: The NFL reinstated the New Orleans Saints coach today; he had been suspended for the entire season in the wake of his team's "bounty" scandal, in which players were paid for injuring opponents. Payton and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell "had a very productive discussion" yesterday, Goodell says in a statement, adding that Payton "fully complied" with all his suspension requirements and is committed to "safety" in the future. Earlier this month, Payton signed a five-year contract with the Saints that will likely make him the league's highest-paid coach at more than $8 million a year, ESPN reports.

In this 2011 file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton yells from the sideline.
In this 2011 file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton yells from the sideline.   (AP Photo/Joe Howell, File)
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