New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton apparently isn't taking his one-year bountygate suspension too well, with Jay Glazer reporting that the coach was stunned by the news. Perhaps even more shocking than the severity of the punishment is how much Payton stands to lose from it. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Payton will also lose one year's salary:
Sean Paytonalso will lose $7.5 million - his base pay as the Saints coach from the contract extension he signed before 2011.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 21, 2012
That is a massive amount of money, even for a wealthy and successful NFL head coach. What happens to the extra cash remains to be seen. For now, the Saints will have to figure who will take over the team in the interim, likely either offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael or defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.