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Jimbo Fisher Leaves FSU For Texas A&M

Jimbo Fisher has long been viewed as a potential NFL head coaching candidate. However, he won’t be in the mix for a pro job anytime soon. Fisher has left Florida State to accept the head coaching job at Texas A&M. It’s a ten-year deal that could be worth upwards of $80MM, Alex Marvez of The Sporting News (on Twitter) hears. Jimbo Fisher (Vertical)

Even when he was firmly entrenched with the Seminoles, Fisher always left the door open for a possible ascension to the NFL.

“I love college and I had opportunities to go to pro football as an assistant coach and as a coordinator and I’ve had inquiries as a head coach,” said Fisher in May of 2016. “It’s got to be the right organization at the right time and the right situation if you’re ever interested. We have a great situation where I’m at. It’s not something that drives me.”

College coaching contracts often come with escape hatches, but a deal of this magnitude probably calls for a hefty buyout if Fisher bails early. At the very least, we know that Fisher will not be a candidate for NFL coaching vacancies this offseason.

In his eight years at FSU, Fisher amassed an 83-23 record, including a 48-17 record in ACC games.

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FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher Signs Extension

In the past, Jimbo Fisher has received interest from NFL clubs. However, he won’t be making the jump from college to the pros this year. Today, Fisher agreed to a lengthy extension with Florida State, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweetsJimbo Fisher (Vertical)

Fisher’s new deal with FSU takes him through 2024, but there are always escape hatches in college deals, so Fisher could still entertain pro offers down the line. For this offseason, at least, he’s effectively out of the running for the Jaguars, Rams, or any other NFL team that will be looking for a head coach.

“I love college and I had opportunities to go to pro football as an assistant coach and as a coordinator and I’ve had inquiries as a head coach,” said Fisher back in May. “It’s got to be the right organization at the right time and the right situation if you’re ever interested. We have a great situation where I’m at. It’s not something that drives me.”

Fisher has amassed a 77-17 record as the coach of the Seminoles. He also groomed a solid pro quarterback in Jameis Winston, though he has his fair share of QB busts in E.J. Manuel, Christian Ponder, and JaMarcus Russell.

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FSU’s Jimbo Fisher Has Received NFL Offers

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has received interest from NFL clubs in the past few offseasons, and though he’s considered the offers, he plans to stay in the college ranks for the time being, as he tells Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post.Jimbo Fisher (Vertical)

“I love college and I had opportunities to go to pro football as an assistant coach and as a coordinator and I’ve had inquiries as a head coach,” said Fisher. “It’s got to be the right organization at the right time and the right situation if you’re ever interested. We have a great situation where I’m at. It’s not something that drives me.”

This isn’t the first time that Fisher’s name has been tossed out in reference to NFL positions — at this time last year, Fisher allowed that he “would never say never” to an opportunity in the league if the right fit came along. This offseason, the approaches from NFL clubs were “decently serious,” says Fisher, who adds that he considered the offers for about “half an hour” before deciding to stick with Florida State.

Fisher, 50, has been highly successful as head coach of the Seminoles, posting a 68-14 record while winning three ACC titles and one National Championship. An offensive mind, Fisher has been adept at molding quarterbacks that eventually turn into first-round picks, but those signal-callers haven’t had much NFL success outside of Jameis WinstonE.J. Manuel, Christian Ponder, and JaMarcus Russell are a few of the high-profile NFL busts that once played under Fisher.

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Extra Points: Peterson, Jimbo, Mariota, Draft

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is not expected to face any further discipline when he comes off the commissioner’s exempt list, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. For Peterson, being clear of any more punishment was a key goal of today’s meeting with league officials in New York, per Rapoport. Peterson is eligible to be reinstated next Wednesday.

Here’s more from around the NFL:

  • Appearing on Pro Football Talk Live, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher told Mike Florio that he’s received interest from NFL teams in the past, allowing that he “would never say never” to a pro opportunity. With a NCAA title under his belt, and a history of developing quarterbacks, it’s unsurprising that NFL clubs would inquire as to Fisher’s availability.
  • Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, having already worked out for the Titans privately, will meet with Tennessee again on Thursday, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com (Twitter link).
  • The Dolphins are assessing collegiate linebackers, writes Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, going as far as to send linebackers coach Mark Duffner to spend private time with Clemson’s Stephon Anthony. Miami has also met with Georgia’s Ramik Wilson and Anthony’s teammate, Vic Beasley, and have had several conversations with Utah State’s Zach Vigil, a potential late-round pick, says Jackson.
  • Purdue tight end Gabe Holmes, who has already drawn interest from the Cardinals and Raiders, will work out for the Dolphins on Friday, tweets Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
  • Searching for a replacement for Mike Iupati, the 49ers have scheduled an official visit for Utah guard Jeremiah Poutasi which will take place later this month, writes Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
  • Both the city and county of San Diego independently voted to pay the cost of hiring consultants with stadium experience as they look for a new home for the Chargers, according to David Garrick of the San Diego Union-Tribune.