NEW ORLEANS Two people familiar with the deal say suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension.
The people told The Associated Press about the deal Friday on condition of anonymity because it hasnt been signed and final details regarding the length of the contract and financial compensation are still being worked out.
The agreement was first reported by Fox Sports.
Payton was due to begin his seventh season as the Saints head coach in 2012 before being suspended the whole season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the NFLs bounty investigation.
Payton signed an extension in 2011, but Goodell objected to certain language in that deal, leaving Paytons future uncertain until the deal was reached Friday.
Around the League
Baltimore: Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the New York Giants Victor Cruz last weekend.
Chicago: Bears running back Matt Forte went through a full practice and was listed probable for the game at Detroit.
Jacksonville: Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is having surgery on his left foot and will be out at least until May.
The Jaguars (2-13) placed Jones-Drew on injured reserve two days before the season finale at Tennessee.
New York Jets: Coach Rex Ryan opened his news conference by denouncing a published report that said he would welcome being fired if owner Woody Johnson doesnt upgrade the offense.
Minnesota: Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil was fined $10,000 for striking an opponent late against Houston.
San Francisco: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis practiced in a non-contact black jersey for the second consecutive day Friday and is taking the necessary steps, according to NFL-mandated protocol, to return from a concussion he sustained during last weeks loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Tennessee: Titans running back Chris Johnson is expected to start Sunday against Jacksonville after returning to practice.