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Saints' Payton replaces Belichick atop highest-paid list

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  May 22, 2013 02:28 PM

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Forbes magazine has published its annual list of the highest-earning coaches in US professional sports, and after spending the last two years at the top of the pack, the Patriots' Bill Belichick is now second to Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Payton's five-year contract signed earlier this year pays him an estimated $8 million per year. Belichick earns $7.5 million annually, which was tops in the NFL for the previous three years.

After being fired by the Eagles, Andy Reid was hired by the Chiefs and got a raise to boot: He was to make $6 million in 2013 if he had remained in Philadelphia, but Forbes wrote that Reid's deal in Kansas City will pay him "at least" $7.5 million a year.

Chip Kelly, Reid's successor with the Eagles, received a five-year, $32.5 million contract and has yet to coach an NFL game.

Eight of the 10 coaches on the list are in charge of NFL teams, interesting given that of the four major sports, football players have the lowest average salary.

The Celtics' Doc Rivers is one of four coaches making $7 million.

Here's the list:

Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints, $8 million per year
Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, $7.5 million
Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs, $7.5 million
Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks, $7 million
Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams, $7 million
Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics, $7 million
Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins, $7 million
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants, $6.67 million
Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles, $6.5 million
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs, $6 million

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