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Urban Meyer Has Insane Contract Demand to Coach in NFL

Max Staley
Urban Meyer has some pretty insane contract demands if he's to join an NFL team.
Urban Meyer has some pretty insane contract demands if he's to join an NFL team. / Ralph Freso/Getty Images
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Urban Meyer has suddenly become one of the NFL's hottest head coaching candidates. The collegiate legend is reportedly drawing a lot of interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars, in particular.

But Meyer's services aren't going to come cheaply. In fact, he's reportedly seeking a deal that would make him the highest-paid coach in the NFL alongside Bill Belichick – without having coached even one down at the NFL level.

Highest Paid NFL Coach

Meyer is reportedly seeking a deal worth $12 million annually. Belichick is the only coach in the NFL currently making that much. In fact, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll ($11 million) and Las Vegas Raiders frontman Jon Gruden ($10 million) are the only other coaches in the NFL currently making eight figures per year.

Signing a deal that big would also make Meyer significantly more money than some of the NFL's truly elite coaches. That includes names like Sean Payton ($9.8 million), John Harbaugh ($9 million), Sean McVay ($8.5 million), Mike Tomlin ($8 million) and Andy Reid ($8 million), just to name a few.

While it may seem odd to give Meyer such a huge contract considering his lack of NFL experience, Matt Rhule's deal with the Carolina Panthers may have set the precedent. Rhule signed a 7-year, $60 million deal last offseason.

Like Meyer, Rhule was hired after a very successful career as a college coach. And Meyer, who is one of the most decorated collegiate coaches in the history of the sport, would obviously command a much more lucrative contract.

While Meyer's asking price may seem too high, there's reason to believe it's actually realistic. And if his college success translates to the next level, he's going to be worth every penny.


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