Nick Saban extends deal with Alabama through 2028

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The man who once said he’s not going to be the Alabama coach is going to keep being the Alabama coach.

The school announced on Monday that Nick Saban has signed an extension through 2028. He’ll be 77 at the conclusion of that deal.

The new contract adds five seasons to his existing deal. He’s due to make $8.425 million in 2021; per ESPN.com, the average value of the contract will exceed $10 million for the life of the deal.

He also gets a “contract completion benefit” of $800,000 at the end of each year, from 2022 through 2025.

It’s highly unlikely that Saban will leave Alabama for another school, unless someone were to offer him an obscene amount of money. The NFL ship has sailed for Saban after his failed two-year stint with the Dolphins. He’s no longer even mentioned as a candidate to return to the pro game.

Then again, if former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer turns the Jaguars around quickly, the copycat NFL could come calling. With Patriots coach Bill Belichick believed to be making more than $20 million per year, there’s still a slim chance some team will make Saban an offer he can’t refuse to declare he’ll never be the coach of.

10 responses to “Nick Saban extends deal with Alabama through 2028

  1. Why would this guy ever consider leaving Alabama? Seems like a good gig.

  2. Let me guess they built him a castle with his own mini golf course running through it?

  3. Saban, Belichick, and Carroll all look pretty good for coaches turning 70 this year.

  4. Nick will face Jimbo Fisher for another 8 years?? Jimbo is the new Chief of SEC football..

  5. So this means that Alabama will win at least 5 more National Championships in the next 8 years.

  6. He and Belichick will retire in the same year, and then go fishing using their championship rings as reflectors on their lures.

  7. Saban is a great coach as long as the deck is stacked to get him talent. There is no denying he knows defense better than most and that’s important. But Saban struggles to be the same winner when he faces equal competition. He was terrible in Miami drafting talent,and he came in with high picks to do it. Draft a running back that was a backup in the top ten. Passing on a QB to take a Tackle. He asked for the right to have control over team decisions as a GM and got it. Then blamed doctors when he took their advice to not sign Drew Brees. After talking to them he could have taken Brees if he wanted,he didn’t. He could have gotten a second opinion,he didn’t. Nick was under water in the NFL.

  8. Saban is a great coach as long as the deck is stacked to get him talent. There is no denying he knows defense better than most and that’s important. But Saban struggles to be the same winner when he faces equal competition.
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    I’m no big Alabama fan or Saban devotee but just wanted to say success at the college level doesn’t always translate to success in the NFL. Also, I’m having a hard time believing that “Saban struggles against equal competition.” Kind of like saying Belichick struggles in Super Bowl games. Coaches that make championship games are facing top competition. Even the best coaches will lose games. Struggling! I can’t go that far.

  9. phinjunky1985 says:
    June 8, 2021 at 12:05 am
    Saban is a great coach as long as the deck is stacked to get him talent.

    Ummm…who do you think stacks that deck? Why was Alabama basically irrelevant before Saban came aboard?

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