Suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension, according to two people familiar with the deal.
The sources told The Associated Press about the deal Friday on condition of anonymity because details regarding the length of the contract and financial compensation are still being worked out.
Payton was due to begin his seventh season as the Saints' coach in 2012 before being suspended for the season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation.
Payton signed an extension in 2011, but Goodell objected to certain language in that deal, leaving Payton's future uncertain until the deal was reached Friday.
Payton is the only coach in Saints history to win a Super Bowl, a title earned at the end of the 2009 season. But his legacy was tarnished by the NFL's bounty probe.
Jaguars: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew had surgery on his left foot Friday and will be out at least until May. The operation came 10 weeks after Jones-Drew hurt his foot against the Raiders on Oct. 21 and created questions about why the team didn't opt for surgery months ago.
The Jaguars (2-13) were 1-5 after that loss but still hoped Jones-Drew would return.
Browns: Third-string quarterback Thad Lewis will face the Pittsburgh Steelers for Cleveland on Sunday.
Shoulder injuries to starter Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy opened the door for Lewis, whose first NFL snaps will be against the league's top-ranked defense.
Jets: Coach Rex Ryan denounced a New York Daily News report that said he would welcome being fired if owner Woody Johnson doesn't make significant personnel and coaching changes to the offense.
"There was a report that was untrue," Ryan said. "The fact is, and it's simple: This is the only team that I want to coach. Period. This is my team. These are my players. I don't want to coach somebody else's players. This is the team I want to coach."
Titans: Running back Chris Johnson is expected to start against Jacksonville after returning to practice Friday, even though he was limited by an injured right ankle.
Bears: Running back Matt Forte expects to start against the Detroit Lions despite an ankle injury suffered last week.
Giants: The team has invited more than 400 people affected by the Newtown, Conn., shootings -- including about 200 students from Sandy Hook Elementary School -- to its season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fines: Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the Giants' Victor Cruz.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fined $21,000 for shouting at and bumping an official.