EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Coughlin was rewarded for the Giants' Super Bowl win, agreeing to a four-year, $21-million deal Friday that makes him one of the NFL's highest-paid coaches.
He will earn about $5.25-million a year, the Associated Press reported, and the deal should be announced today. Seattle's Mike Holmgren is the top-paid coach at $8-million a year.
"I don't think Tom's going to change," veteran punter Jeff Feagles said. "The monetary value, that falls into line with what other coaches make."
'HAWKS GET EX-COWBOYS RB: Seattle reached an agreement in principle with former Cowboys running back Julius Jones, ESPN.com reported. It's the second running back move made by the Seahawks, who signed Lions free agent T.J. Duckett earlier in the week.
The Web site reported that Jones agreed to a four-year deal worth around $3-million a year. The moves raise questions about the future of veteran running back Shaun Alexander, who has had injury problems the past two seasons in Seattle.
QB CONTROVERSY: Free agent receiver Brandon Lloyd signed a one-year contract with the Bears and inadvertently stirred a quarterback controversy. "Rex Grossman is the starter," Lloyd said in a conference call. Well, not exactly. The Bears have said Grossman and Kyle Orton will compete for the job. When asked who told him Grossman would start, Lloyd backpedalled: "That's what I'm assuming," he said.
BUCS: Cornerback Sammy Davis, who had 20 tackles with the team last year, signed.
SPYGATE: Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to crack down on spying next season with more unannounced inspections and harsher penalties, steps that follow the disciplining of the Patriots for taping opponents' signals. The changes, first disclosed in Friday's Washington Post, are contained in a memo obtained by the Associated Press. It was sent to the league's rule-making competition committee, which will consider them and make recommendations to the owners at the league meeting starting March 30.