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Compensation for head coaches is still possible

As a result of the recent flurry of stories regarding the possibility that other teams would be interested in Titans coach Jeff Fisher if owner Bud Adams were to decide after the season that it’s time to move on, we decided to refresh our memory regarding the question of whether teams can still acquire the rights to head coaches of other teams in exchange for compensation.

And we’re told that it still can happen.

As NFL spokesman Greg Aiello explained it, the coach’s contract can’t be traded.  Instead, the new team would compensate the former team for relinquishing its contractual rights to the head coach.

This means that the Titans can’t assign the last two years of Fisher’s current deal to a new team in exchange for draft picks or cash — but that the Titans can agree to let Fisher out of his current deal for compensation.

The difference is that Fisher would have to negotiate a new deal with the new team.  But, surely, the terms would be at least as favorable as the terms of the prior contract.

And that might be why Titans owner Bud Adams, who has mused about making a change, is now singing a different tune.  If Adams fires Fisher, there’s no chance for compensation; if Adams makes it known that he might let Fisher leave for the right price, then Adams would unload Fisher, avoid a buyout, and pick up a little (or maybe a lot) extra by way of draft picks.

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11 Responses to “Compensation for head coaches is still possible”
  1. thunderdog says: Nov 3, 2009 2:04 PM

    That’s a difference without a distinction.
    Of course a coach is going to want to agree to new, extended, and presumably richer terms with a new team.

  2. twindaddy says: Nov 3, 2009 2:19 PM

    This means that the Titans can’t assign the last two years of Fisher’s current deal to a new team in exchange for draft picks or cash…………….then Adams would unload Fisher, avoid a buyout, and pick up a little (or maybe a lot) extra by way of draft picks.
    ————————————————–
    You first say that the Titans can’t get draft picks for Fisher, but in the last sentence say they can. Which is it?

  3. Splash Gordon says: Nov 3, 2009 2:27 PM

    so let me get this straight…
    adams is shopping fisher and is hoping that another team will be willing to give the titans a bunch of draft picks and give fisher a new contract?
    fisher has only had 6 winning seasons in his “illustrious” 16 years as a head coach.
    why would any team give up draft picks (hurting the team in the short and long run) and pay this guy an exorbitant salary just so they can be a marginally successful NFL franchise?
    what is more confusing, is that wouldn’t the new coach at least want DRAFT PICKS to build his team to his liking…surely the GM wouldn’t want to let those go for a overhyped head coach.

  4. Adept says: Nov 3, 2009 2:34 PM

    @twindaddy
    Reread the sentence. He says they cannot assign the current deal to a new team for (draft picks or cash). The important part is that they cannot ASSIGN THE DEAL for draft picks or cash but CAN unload him for draft picks or cash.

  5. VonClausewitz says: Nov 3, 2009 2:41 PM

    This article makes no sense.
    Regardless Bud Adams comments have nothing to do with prepping the market for a move of Fisher. Adam’s original comments were made in response to the obvious questions about the team’s poor performance and whether or not VY would play. Of course he was going to force VY to play. He has a lot of money tied up in him and given the record it’s the only thing that makes sense. And of course when your team underperforms at this level questions of the coach’s future will arise.
    His next round of comments were in reaction to the chatter on boards like this regarding whether Fisher is a quality coach. Bud Adams is, how they say, cagey and frugal. He’s not going to allow the situation to get out of hand with regards to Fisher’s future because it doesn’t serve his interests or the teams to foment this kind of discussion.
    Finally, Fisher’s status will still be reevaluated at the end of the year anyway. The issues that have been raised in the aforementioned discussions still exist and Fisher’s status is still a question of whether Adams is going to give him control of the roster. Adams is no fool. He doesn’t want to lose a quality coach since they are so hard to come by. But he’s also not immune to the pressures that exist when you have a long tenured coach who hasn’t won a championship. My money is still on Fisher leaving because, barring a change in Adam’s philosophy on how to manage a team, Fisher has reached a point where he either gets full support and control or he doesn’t. I don’t see a lame duck situation arising much like Zorn in Washington where the owner essentially puts him on weekly notice. This won’t encourage the crop of coaches available next year, such as Holmgren, to come to the city. Bud Adams has to make the call this year because the crop of available replacements is at its best and the situation has come to this point of crisis.

  6. tngisgeek says: Nov 3, 2009 3:29 PM

    Does this mean that say JJ in Dallas gets the Titans to agree to relinquish their contractual rights ti Coach Fish for a draft pick, then is Coach obligated to go to Dallas or is he a free agent and could sign with any team? What if Danny boy in washington out bids Jerrah for Fisher?

  7. Brewster says: Nov 3, 2009 3:31 PM

    “As NFL spokesman Greg Aiello explained it, the coach’s contract can’t be traded. Instead, the new team would compensate the former team for relinquishing its contractual rights to the head coach.
    This means that the Titans can’t assign the last two years of Fisher’s current deal to a new team in exchange for draft picks or cash — but that the Titans can agree to let Fisher out of his current deal for compensation.
    The difference is that Fisher would have to negotiate a new deal with the new team. But, surely, the terms would be at least as favorable as the terms of the prior contract.”
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    This is precisely why some people have such a low regard for lawyers, the law and the US legal system.
    A Coach’s contract CAN be disposed of in this manner, it just can’t be called a trade. It is nothing but legal semantics.
    A handful of attorneys are required (like most of the people in congress) to change some language, negotiate a new deal for all parties, charge $250-$800 per hour for their services and the Coach is traded to a new team in exchange for compensation or draft picks, or both, just like the NFL said can’t be done.
    And the great unwashed go on believing a Coach’s contract can’t be “traded”.

  8. Mad Squabbles says: Nov 3, 2009 3:56 PM

    In the movie Judgment Night, Denis Leary’s character offers some cash to a hoodrat from some information. The hoodrat tells Leary that he wanted his money, he’d take his money. Leary then tells the guy, “Trust me…you can’t take my money, but you can take my money.” Message was received, he gave the Leary the info, and Leary gave him the cash. Same thing here.
    Bud can’t trade Fisher in his current contract for draft choices or other compensation. But he can let Fisher out of his contract if an offer comes along Bud likes. Fisher would then have to negotiate himself a new deal.
    Fisher’s record would indicate he’s a somewhat mediocre coach, but he has really accomplished a lot with somewhat mediocre players. Steve McNair, Eddie George, and Frank Wycheck, while beloved in the Titans community, aren’t posing for their Canton busts anytime soon, but Fisher was able to get them to a super bowl. Who knows what he could do with superior talent.

  9. John Cittebart says: Nov 3, 2009 3:59 PM

    I feel for the Titans fans.
    It’s ridiculous that an NFL owner would fire or release a headcoach who would be in high demand by rival teams. It’s obvious the owner is doing something very, very wrong.
    Now that’s a secondary definition of idiotic.

  10. dagodfather says: Nov 3, 2009 6:38 PM

    @tngisgeek
    I was thinking the exact same thing. According to what Mike wrote, Adams can get draft picks for firing him. That doesn’t necessarily say that the team who forfits the draft picks gets the coach.

  11. SATAN says: Nov 3, 2009 9:15 PM

    The smart thing for Fisher would be….
    Agree to be traded.
    Be unable to work out a deal to be traded with whatever team might be interested.
    Get fired.
    Take a year or two off and then find a job.
    The thing thats sucks for a coach to be traded is the loss of the draft choices. Look what happened to Tampa Bay in the Gruden trade.

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