Saban’s new deal pays him more than most NFL coaches

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Few specifically know how much Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the highest paid coach in the NFL, makes. There’s a belief in some league circles that he makes $12.5 million per year.

Whatever he makes, Belichick now has competition from the college ranks: Nick Saban will make $11.15 million this year at Alabama.

Closer inspection of the convoluted contractual details shows that Saban won’t earn that much on average through 2024, the life of the deal. His base pay technically drops under the new deal from $6.9 million per year to $6.725 million. But bonuses and other inducements add to the haul.

Setting aside the argument that some of the money that goes to Saban should go to players, basic economics always will drive what a head coach earns. And with Saban among the best coaches ever to coach any sport at any level, he’s worth whatever anyone will pay him. Chances are an NFL team would pay him even more, if he wanted to return to the next level and try to remove one of the only blemishes on an otherwise stellar record.

33 responses to “Saban’s new deal pays him more than most NFL coaches

  1. Sometimes its good to be king where you are and not worry about the grass being greener on the NFL side of things.

  2. What makes a person a good college coach does not necessarily make him a good NFL one. College is all about recruiting. That’s worth nothing in the NFL.

  3. He’s got it made at ‘Bama. He’ll be revered in ways only Bear Bryant would know about in Tuscaloosa. He’d be crazy to leave.

    BUT, at the same time, competitive drive could lead him back to the NFL, and I wouldn’t blame him. I doubt it ever happens, though.

  4. “Chances are an NFL team would pay him even more”

    If that’s true, it would have to be a dumpster fire of a team praying for lightning to strike.

    Saban failed at the NFL level the first time and then unceremoniously abandoned ship. I have a hard time seeing a franchise with other good options paying him more than the Hooded One given his previous ‘successes’ at the NFL level.

  5. His salary alone is probably more than the salary of entire departments at Bama. Something seems wrong with that.

  6. Chances are an NFL team would pay him even more…

    …if they were stupid enough to forget how he failed miserably, then turned tail and ran the last time he was an NFL coach. But, yes, there are such teams…maybe the Rams or 49ers in a few more years…

  7. bassplucker says:

    ‘This is exactly why Saban is never, ever, going back to the NFL.”

    Yeah, that and the fact that he was terrible in the NFL. It is so much easier being a great coach when you can hand pick the players (instead of drafting them) have your alumni pay them (well, just enough, not really what they’re worth) make sure your school doesn’t impose any academic requirements that can get in the way with your championship run each year (how many of his players graduate?), and have all the support you need from the NCAA (seriously, Tim Williams says he had numerous failed drug test, but didn’t miss a game???)

  8. “Setting aside the argument that some of the money that goes to Saban should go to players” Umm as proven over and over some of that money will go to players under the table. Does anyone really think it’s all about his recruiting… its about getting paid and the chance to get drafted.

  9. He will NEVER be a coach in the NFL. At least that’s what he’s lied about before. I say he will NEVER be a successful NFL Head Coach.

  10. The NFL needs to get out of College Football. They need to run a “minors” league and pay these guys. Unless these players are there to graduate the whole system is a joke. Go ahead and give me the thumbs down

  11. Nick Saban is really no big deal. Yes, he resurrected Alabama, but that is a legendary program with full support of the alumni and administration. It’s really more curious how it faltered in the first place.

    Saban has Alabama running on cruise control now and it would take an act of the NCAA to disrupt it, which will never happen because Alabama is a cash cow for the entire league.

    I was more impressed with the work Saban did at Michigan State and LSU. The way he punked out on the Dolphins was more than a stain on his career, it truly defines what he’s made of.

  12. @richabbs–
    Since you asked, per the NCAA, the graduation rate for Alabama football players for the 2015-16 academic year (which is based on college entry in 2009) was 80%. That, BTW, puts them in the top 25% of all FBS programs.

  13. RegisHawk says:
    May 2, 2017 1:02 PM
    Chances are an NFL team would pay him even more…

    …if they were stupid enough to forget how he failed miserably, then turned tail and ran the last time he was an NFL coach. But, yes, there are such teams…maybe the Rams or 49ers in a few more years…

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    You’re head coach would know a thing or two about tuck tailing and running from a team about to face adversity.

  14. 80% graduation rate yes, but now take away the ghosting that goes on and it drops to like 40%. Fact….Bama boosters pay players and NON players alike. Players play, students study and “graduate” the players. Don’t be naive…

  15. Saban is making more money….but the NFL coaches get the last laugh because they are doing it in the NFL…Saban failed.

  16. He’s worth every penny. I’m not a huge Saban fan, but he’s awesome at what he does.

  17. Chances are an NFL team would pay him even more, if he wanted to return to the next level and try to remove one of the only blemishes on an otherwise stellar record.

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    Why would he go and do that?

    He has a perfect situation. I am sure he would rather have been successful in Miami, but if I were him I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Can’t let others bait him into thinking the NFL is a blemish when he’s making more than all the NFL coaches.

    His legacy is pretty secure.

  18. wolfman55h says:
    May 2, 2017 3:09 PM

    That displays how out of perspective the University of Alabama has its priorities.
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    How so? That football program makes loads of money for that university.

  19. Satan will reap what he sows. Mark my word. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Will never forgive his lying to LSU and then promptly going to their rival after failing in the NFL.

  20. One of Sabans biggest downfalls in the NFL was electing to take an injured Durante cullepper over an injured Drew Brees. He didn’t ever get the QB position right and it haunted him. You can get away with an average QB in college and win but the NFL, in a pass happy era, you have to have above average QB to win (joe flacco is the exception). Alabama wins in the trenches and on DEf. How different would this conversation be if Brees would have been a Dolphin?

    Does Saban go back to college ball? Does Alabama return to its glory days dominating the SEC and most the NCAA on a regular basis?

  21. Saban is a good system coach where he can demand boys to do things; he does not prepare them for the NFL and his graduates don’t succeed beyond him.

  22. You’re head coach would know a thing

    I’m guessing you didn’t make the 80% graduation rate…

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