Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Report: Payton will be top-paid NFL coach

Sean Payton will make about $8 million per season, espn.com reported Saturday. That would be the most of any coach not only in the NFL, but in North American pro sports. A day after several media outlets reported Payton agreed to an extension with the Saints, the team confirmed it.

Terms weren't disclosed. But espn.com reported it is for five years. Coaches' salaries rarely are disclosed. But the $8 million tops the $7.5 million reported for the Patriots' Bill Belichick and about $7 million for the Seahawks' Pete Carroll, Rams' Jeff Fisher and Redskins' Mike Shanahan.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers reportedly makes about $7 million, the most among the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball.

Cleveland reportedly set to clean house

The Browns will part ways with coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert as soon as after today's game, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported. Jimmy Haslam purchased the team in August and hired Joe Banner as CEO in October. In November, Haslam said he had candidates in mind for all positions. Soon after, Mike Holmgren stepped down as team president.

Reid to Chargers? Andy Reid, expected to be fired by the Eagles this week, is interested in becoming the Chargers coach, profootballtalk.com reported. San Diego is expected to fire Norv Turner.

Bucs move: Corner Eric Wright was activated. His four-game suspension for taking a performance-enhancing drug ended last week. To make room, corner LeQuan Lewis was waived. In five games, he had five tackles and an interception.

Patriots: Tight end Rob Gron­kowski, out five games with a broken left forearm, will play in a "limited role" today, Comcast SportsNet New England reported.

Obituary: Ex-Steelers center Chuck Cherundolo died Dec. 22 in Lakeland, his daughter said. He was 96. Mr. Cherundolo spent six of his 10 seasons, 1941-42 and 1945-48 (also serving in World War II), with the Steelers. In 2007, they named him a legend, representing their best players through 1970. Mr. Cherundolo was a Steelers assistant from 1948-61.

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