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

(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. (Read more Sean Payton stories.)

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