Details of the contract the Detroit Lions have given to new head coach Jim Caldwell have been reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. The exact details haven’t been made public but the parameters of the deal have been fenced in by Rapoport’s report.
On the contract of new #Lions coach Jim Caldwell: It’s 4 years, worth between $4M and $5M per year, I’m told. Incentive-laden, too.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 21, 2014
Because coaches’ contracts are made public, it is difficult to know exactly where Caldwell’s deal ranks compared to the rest of the league’s coaches. However, it is believed that eight coaches have annual salaries exceeding $6 million. With those eight accounting for one quarter of the league, Caldwell’s deal probably ranks somewhere around league average, either a little above or a little below depending on the actual number. For comparison, Jay Gruden’s deal with the Redskins is reportedly worth at least $4 million per year.
It comes as no surprise the deal includes incentives as that seems consistent with the organization’s insistence on winning now. They’d gladly shell out the additional cash, but doing so as an incentive rather than base pay means it will only happen if the results are more in line with expections. With a reported $12 million price tag on the two years remaining on Jim Schwartz’s contract, the team’s results weren’t in line with the money paid to the coach.