NFL teams are starting to throw big contracts at head coaches.
In recent years, the Seattle Seahawks (Pete Carroll) and San Francisco 49ers (Jim Harbaugh) have given a lot of money to college coaches. And this year, the St. Louis Rams hired Jeff Fisher with a $7 million per year contract.
Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were spurned by Chip Kelly despite offering him a deal that would have doubled his $3 million salary with the Oregon Ducks.
A $6 million salary would have been the fifth-highest salary among NFL coaches in 2011. Instead, he chose to stay in Eugene.
Salary: $6.5 million*
* Estimated. Sean Payton recently signed an extension with Saints in which his salary was not disclosed. His salary under his previous deal paid him $4.5 million per season
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