Jay Gruden’s contract is generous

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Updated: January 19, 2014
Stack Of Cash

Jason LaCanfora reports the Washington Redskins were very nice to new head coach Jay Gruden, giving him a fully-guaranteed five-year contract worth more than $20 million. Of course, some of that generosity may been because the Redskins have to pay extra to sign sought-after coaches due to the team’s history of poor performance on the field and disruption in the front office and sidelines.

It is unusual for a first-time and, thus, unproven head coach to receive over $4 million a year and for that fifth year to be guaranteed rather than a team option. But since no coach has come to DC and won consistently  since Dan Snyder bought the team in 1999, coaches with options are understandably demanding a premium for coming to what has become the graveyard of NFL reputations.

Don’t call Dan Snyder cheap. He’s paying the staff of the fired Mike Shanahan $10 million in 2014 to leave town and now he’s forking over big bucks to a guy who has never coached a single game as a head coach in the NFL. Of course, it is Snyder himself who has put the team in that situation. So don’t call him cheap, but don’t pity him either.