The highest-paid coach in U.S. sports didn't even coach last year. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will earn an estimated $8 million in 2013, making him the highest earner in pro or college sports, according to Forbes.
Payton can thank the league office for his new title. The veteran coach originally signed an extension in September 2011, only to have that extension voided by the league in November while he was serving his one-year suspension for bounty-gate. The voided contract gave Payton the chance to renegotiate a new, better extension, a five-year deal that became official in January.
The No. 1 spot on Forbes' list previously belonged to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who is now tied for No. 2 on the list with new Chiefs coach Andy Reid. Forbes estimates that both men are pulling in around $7.5 million per season. Forbes clearly isn't factoring in the money Reid made from his gigantic Eagles-themed yard sale or that $7.5 million would be closer to $100 billion and Reid would be No. 1 on every money list that Forbes makes.
Eight of the top-10 highest paid coaches on the list are from the NFL, the only exceptions are Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs and Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics.
Here's the complete Forbes list with each coach's estimated annual income:
1. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints ($8 million)
T-2. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots ($7.5 million)
T-2. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs ($7.5 million)
T-4. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks ($7 million)
T-4. Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams ($7 million)
T-4. Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics ($7 million)
T-4. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins ($7 million)
8. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants ($6.67 million)
9. Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles ($6.5 million)
10. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs ($6 million)
Obviously, no list about money and football can be made without at least mentioning Nick Saban's name. 'The Devil' -- as Florida assistant coaches like to call him -- is pulling in somewhere between $5.3 million to $5.6 million annually, a number that ranks No. 1 in college football, but doesn't crack Forbes' top-10 list. Although once Saban sees this list, he'll probably demand to be on it when he negotiates his next extension.