Jon Gruden‘s ten-year, $100MM contract with the Raiders raised some eyebrows around the NFL, but Chucky may not be the league’s highest-paid coach. Bill Belichick collects $10MM/year from the Patriots, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com (Twitter link via Ryan Hannable of WEEI). That figure may actually be as high as $12.5MM, Mike Florio of PFT (on Twitter) hears.
It’s not often that we discuss a coach’s salary on Pro Football Rumors, but Belichick’s pay is worth noting in the wake of Gruden’s mega contract and rumors of discord in New England. Patriots owner Robert Kraft may have to smooth things over between Belichick, Tom Brady, and other key figures within the organization, but the fact that Belichick makes as much or more than Gruden should remove at least one complication. If Gruden was earning more per year than Belichick, then the multiple-time Super Bowl winning coach/GM would have had a strong case for a pay bump.
It had been reported that Belichick was angry with Kraft because he was forced to trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers during the season. That may not be the case, as Kraft told Peter King of The MMQB that the decision was made by BB himself. Belichick, Kraft, and Brady say that they “stand united” in the face of these “unsubstantiated” theories, but only time will tell whether everyone is on the same page.
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