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Saints signed GM Mickey Loomis to a five-year contract extension.
Along with coach Sean Payton, Loomis is now signed through the 2017 season. The Saints' GM since 2002, Loomis hired Payton in 2006. He'll be tasked with remaking the Saints' tattered defense this offseason. Both Loomis and Payton escaped the "Bountygate" scandal no worse for the wear, and quite a bit richer. Mon, Jan 28, 2013 05:53:00 PM
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The NFL has reinstated Saints coach Sean Payton.

Payton wasn't scheduled to come off his season-long Bountygate suspension until after the Super Bowl in New Orleans, but commissioner Roger Goodell showed a slight bit of leniency. "Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension," Goodell said in a statement. Now the five-year contract Payton signed with the Saints last month kicks in and he can get back to work -- beginning with this week's Senior Bowl festivities in Mobile, Alabama. With this, the entire Bountygate saga is mercifully behind us.
Tue, Jan 22, 2013 10:25:00 AM

The Saints are discussing a new contract with OC Pete Carmichael.

Carmichael is technically a coaching free agent right now, but he says a new contract with the Saints is "going to happen." Carmichael interviewed for the Bears' head-coaching vacancy but later took his name out of the hat and turned down OC opportunities with the Eagles and Jaguars. "This is going to be a tough place to ever leave for me," Carmichael said.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 12:58:00 PM

Saints OC Pete Carmichael will turn down requests to interview for the offensive coordinator jobs of the Jaguars and Eagles.

Carmichael is a coaching free agent, so the Eagles and Jaguars technically didn't need the Saints' permission to interview him. Although overshadowed by coach Sean Payton, Carmichael has done a sterling job of calling plays for Drew Brees over the past year and a half. Rather than developing a quarterback in Philadelphia or Jacksonville, Carmichael will resume his "excellent working relationship" with Payton and Brees.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 02:43:00 PM

According to, Bills coach Doug Marrone "could" be gearing up to make a run at luring Saints OC Pete Carmichael away from New Orleans to be Buffalo's offensive coordinator.

Unfortunately for Marrone, this is a move the Saints could block per league policy because NFL teams can prevent assistants from leaving if they're not being pursued as head-coaching candidates. Per PFT's source, the Saints believe Carmichael will choose to remain in New Orleans as Sean Payton's offensive coordinator with the presence of Drew Brees as a decisive tiebreaker. Marrone and Carmichael worked together under Payton from 2006-2008.
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 03:05:00 PM

Saints agreed in principle on a five-year contract with head coach Sean Payton.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the extension is similar to the one signed by Payton and the Saints in September of 2011. That extension was good through 2015, although it was later voided due to Payton's bounty suspension. The new deal is good through 2017 and will become official once Sean Payton's suspension formally ends after Super Bowl XLVII. Payton has a 62-34 record in six seasons as Saints head coach, including a Super Bowl victory. The new deal ensures that Payton will not flirt with the Dallas Cowboys, who were believed to have at least some interest in him if they missed the playoffs under Jason Garrett. Payton's extension in New Orleans is good news for Saints skill-position players. He's perhaps the premier offensive schemer and game-day playcaller in all the NFL.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 07:07:00 PM

According to ESPN, NFL officials and Sean Payton's agent are "finalizing the conditions under which" the sides can negotiate a contract extension.

In other words, they're negotiating how they can negotiate. Per Adam Schefter, the conditions are "expected to be finalized before the end of the weekend." At that point, Payton and the Saints can get down to brass tacks. It would be surprising if Payton wasn't with New Orleans in 2013.
Thu, Nov 29, 2012 05:32:00 PM

Suspended coach Sean Payton is expected to "keep his options open" and will not make an immediate decision about his future, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Payton is a coaching free agent at year's end. Sources tell the Times-Picayune that an offer from the Cowboys would be the only "serious threat" to the Saints. "There is no indication that Payton is unhappy in New Orleans or looking to leave the Saints," writes the Times-Picayune's Mike Triplett. The catch is that Triplett believes the organization would not force Payton to stay if he wanted to move to Dallas for family reasons. ESPN's Ed Werder reported Friday morning that -- barring a "total collapse" -- the Cowboys are unlikely to pay off Jason Garrett and chase Payton at a total cost of close to $50 million.
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 10:39:00 AM

Returning from his eight-game bounty scandal suspension, GM Mickey Loomis expressed "absolute" confidence Tuesday that the Saints and Sean Payton will reach a contract agreement to keep the coach in New Orleans.

"I absolutely expect Sean to be our coach next year and going forward. These contract issues will be resolved," Loomis said. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the two sides are waiting to resume talks until they receive written permission from the league. CBS Sports' Mike Freeman has reported that owner Tom Benson is "strongly considering" making Payton the highest-paid coach in the NFL. Teams interested in hiring Payton away, such as the Cowboys or Eagles, must wait until February to speak with him. Should the dispute over Payton's contract not be resolved, Commissioner Roger Goodell has the power to step in and resolve the issue, which would conceivably help the Saints' chances of retaining his services.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 08:09:00 PM

Suspended head coach Sean Payton's three-year contract extension through the 2015 season has been voided by the NFL.

Payton and the Saints agreed to the extension in September of 2011, but the league voided the deal due to a clause that would have enabled Payton to walk away from the agreement if GM Mickey Loomis were suspended, fired or left the organization. There was some speculation that the 2012 season in Payton's deal could "toll," which means it wouldn't count against the deal and Payton could be under contract for 2013. ESPN's Adam Schefter stated adamantly, though, that won't be the case. "Short of a contract extension," Schefter reported on Sunday Countdown, "Payton will become a coaching free agent in 2013, no matter what other people are saying."
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 09:17:00 AM

Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will serve as Saints interim coach to open the regular season, while Joe Vitt serves his six-game suspension.

Steve Spagnuolo will continue to oversee the defense, while Pete Carmichael keeps control of the offense. The Saints' 2011 per-game scoring and yardage production was actually higher when Carmichael called plays than when Sean Payton was on duty, so we have no fantasy worries about Drew Brees & Co.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 06:53:00 PM

The Washington Post reports the NFL does not plan to take action against the Saints for allegedly wiretapping opposing coaching staffs until the legal process is complete.

It's standard protocol for the league office. The FBI and Louisiana State Police are investigating the allegations, though it's considered unlikely that GM Mickey Loomis will face criminal charges. As of yet, there's no evidence that the Saints used or benefited from the device.'s Peter King doesn't get the sense that the league views this with "anywhere near the gravitas" of the bounty scandal or the Patriots' Spygate incident.
Tue, Apr 24, 2012 02:33:00 PM

The FBI and Louisiana State Police have established a joint task force to investigate allegations that the Saints illegally wiretapped opposing coaching staffs from 2002-04.

"We want to see if there is any validity to the allegations and if it affects any state statutes," were the words of State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson Tuesday. It's believed both the state and federal statute of limitations in the case have expired, so it remains unlikely GM Mickey Loomis will face any criminal charges.
Tue, Apr 24, 2012 11:54:00 AM

The Saints plan to seek "all legal recourse" regarding ESPN's Monday report that GM Mickey Loomis used an electronic device to eavesdrop on opposing coaches from 2002-2004.

The team insists the allegations are false, and says ESPN refused to provide evidence to "support their allegations." That, of course, is well within ESPN's rights. Loomis himself professed his innocence in an email to FOX's Jay Glazer. "This report on ESPN is absolutely false," Loomis said. "I have a monitor in front of me in my booth that provides the league-issued stats for the game. I have a small TV with the network broadcast and I have an earpiece to listen to the (radio broadcast). ... It just didn’t happen." If the league decides it did happen, Loomis' eight-game ban for his role in the Saints' bounty scandal will become significantly more severe.
Tue, Apr 24, 2012 09:53:00 AM

ESPN's Outside the Lines reports that Saints GM Mickey Loomis used an electronic device in the Superdome to eavesdrop on opposing coaching staffs during the 2002 through 2004 seasons.

The "eavesdropping" violates the NFL constitution, as well as federal and Louisiana state laws. Loomis, who is suspended eight games this year for covering up the Saints' bounty scandal, "secretly listened in" to opponents' conversations during the 2002-2004 seasons. "This is 1,000 percent false," Loomis told ESPN on Monday. "This is 1,000 percent inaccurate." The NFL just became aware of the allegations. Based on five- and six-year federal and state statutes of limitations, Loomis is not expected to face charges outside of potential civil litigation. The NFL can enforce more discipline, though.
Mon, Apr 23, 2012 04:11:00 PM

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