Coach Payton inks three year extension with Saints

Payton, 47, guided the Saints to the first ever Super Bowl triumph at the end of the 2009 season having turned-around the once struggling franchise, taking them to the playoffs three times in five years.

"I am very pleased to announce this contract extension today for Sean that will run through the 2015 season," said Saints owner Tom Benson in a statement.

"Our goal is to continue to build a tradition of winning here in New Orleans and Sean represents that tradition."

Payton has a close relationship with quarterback Drew Brees, the pair having worked together throughout the last five years.

Brees, who is in the final year of his six-year deal with the Saints, has also been in discussions with the club over an extension.

The Saints kick-off the new NFL season at Super Bowl champions the Green Bay Packers on Thursday.

(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)