Saints’ Head Coach Sean Payton Buys Bountiful Texas Home

Saints coach Sean Payton could face suspension from the NFL over bounty hunting bonuses.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is putting down deeper roots — but not anywhere near The Big Easy.

According to Candy Evans, Dallas real estate blogger extraordinaire, Payton and his family are settling into a stunning Mediterranean-style home in the exclusive Dallas community Vaquero. Payton, a former assistant coach with the Cowboys, had been renting the house of former Texas Ranger and current New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, but decided to buy instead of extending the lease.

Payton’s new sports-friendly spread is a model for comfort. The 7,784-square-foot home is set on 1.13 acres and lacks for absolutely nothing when it comes to indoor and outdoor amenities. The 5-bedroom. 6-bathroom manse is ringed by outdoor patio areas with fire pits, a lovely pool with swim-up bar. There’s also a mirror-balled bar for private disco nights. And when the home doesn’t supply enough diversions, the concierge amenities at Vaquero include golf course, spa and tennis courts.

While the Saints have been Super Bowl champs under Payton, the coach might find he’ll really need a nice home to cool his heels in the coming months. The National Football League is currently determining what kinds of fines and penalties will be assessed against Payton and other Saints officials. The Saints’ brass has admitted that they authorized  ”bounty-hunting” bonuses to players who doled out violent hits against opponents in attempts to knock key players out of games.

Update (03/21/12): Sean Payton was suspended without pay for a year for his role in bounty-hunting bonuses.