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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Gruden's deal a lucrative one



This is mentioned in the main entry below detailing Jon Gruden's and Bruce Allen's contract extensions, but I thought this deserved its own headline.

Coaches' salaries have continued to skyrocket since Gruden signed his last contract, so you knew this one would be a whopper. Turns out, Gruden's year-to-year salary will be very similar to that of Titans coach Jeff Fisher, which puts Gruden among the highest-paid coaches in the NFL. Fisher, the league's longest-tenured coach with a single team, signed an extension in September that will pay him approximately $5.5-million to $6-million per year.

Now, Gruden can be added to a short list of coaches with eye-popping salaries. Others besides Fisher include Seattle's Mike Holmgren -- believed to be the league's highest-paid coach at $8-million in 2008 -- as well as Denver's Mike Shanahan and Carolina's John Fox, each reported to make more than $5-million annually.

Guess being an NFL coach is good work if you can get it.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:56pm]


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