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Freed Sean Payton: Goodell Reinstates Saints Head Coach

After a year of bongos and motivational speaking, Sean Payton can finally get back to the sidelines where he belongs: the Saints'. The Black and Gold head coach was freed (aka reinstated) this morning by Roger Goodell after the two sat down face-to-face for a meeting on Monday, according to a statement from the league. That means Payton's unprecedented yearlong suspension in the wake of Bountygate is now but a bad memory for Who Dats.


Despite the year of bad blood with fans, and former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue lifting the players' suspensions, Payton and Goodell had a "productive" discussion, according to the NFL's statement.


“Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels," Goodell said in the statement. 


With a five-year contract extension already inked, Payton is set to get back to the task of improving the Black and Gold's record. The coach can attend the Senior Bowl this week in Mobile this week, which offers NFL coaches a prime look at potential draft choices. Meanwhile, Roger Goodell is gearing up to come to New Orleans to witness the Super Bowl, and a lot of angry Saints fans.


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