Sean McVay says he has no new contract yet, but that talks are “in a good place”

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Rams coach Sean McVay had the ultimate leverage land in his lap in February, when Amazon wanted to pay him $20 million or so per year to become the analyst for Thursday Night Football. When McVay passed on the opportunity, he presumably secured a new financial commitment from Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

As McVay tells it, he didn’t. As McVay tells it, he still hasn’t gotten a new contract.

We’re in a good place,” McVay said at the opening of training camp, regarding the status of an extension, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

As to whether a deal will be in pace before the start of the regular season, McVay said that it was “more than likely,” but that he “wouldn’t want to put a timetable on it.”

“These things can kind of drag on, as we all know,” McVay said. “But I do feel really good about the direction and all the conversations that have been had as it relates to myself and [G.M.] Les [Snead].”

It’s a bit surprising that McVay didn’t insist on a binding agreement from the Rams before he said no to Amazon. Once he closed that door, his leverage disappeared. And it won’t return until after the season, at the earliest. Even then, the big-money broadcasting seats are all taken.

Then there’s this possibility, which isn’t as crazy as it sounds because it’s happened before. It’s possible that McVay already has his new contract, and that the entire organization has decided to act as if he doesn’t.

In 2016, the Rams decided to conceal that coach Jeff Fisher and Snead had gotten new contracts in the offseason. The truth didn’t emerge until December, after Fisher fell under fire for chronic underachievement. COO Kevin Demoff later acknowledged that the secrecy may have been a mistake.

Demoff’s comment related to the fact that Fisher was fired. With McVay, who is as safe as any coach in the league, the Rams could choose once again to pretend that the head coach hasn’t gotten a new contract, when in fact he already has.

From the Fisher contract to the things said publicly and privately before leaving St. Louis, it’s been clear for a while that the very top of the Rams organization has a casual, at best, relationship with truth. It’s entirely possible that, in this case, the truth is that McVay already has his deal.

Hopefully, he does. Hopefully, he got Kroenke to fork over some of his yacht maintenance fund before McVay said “no thanks” to Bezos money.

And there’s a very good reason for the Rams to hide the fact that a deal was done in February, if it indeed was. Kroenke and the rest of the league’s owners won’t want to create the impression that the Rams got squeezed by interest from a network to give McVay a gigantic raise. So Kroenke and Demoff commit to a gigantic raise in order to get McVay to reject Amazon, and then they all agree the deal will be announced much later, in order to make it look like Amazon had nothing to do with forcing Kroenke to pay up.

10 responses to “Sean McVay says he has no new contract yet, but that talks are “in a good place”

  1. Suggested headline tweak: “McVay: No new contract, but talks are ‘in a good place’”

  2. McVay could fire his agent and just play the clip from Jerry Maguire every time Snead or Kronke calls

  3. The mistake in 2016 wasn’t so much the secrecy, it was extending Jeff Fisher. And, really, hiring him in the first place.

  4. Another suggestion — align headlines “left,” not middle, which is kinda jolting to the eye. Headlines are not done in the middle alignment anywhere else. Just my 2 cents, hopefully helpful.

  5. Don’t underestimate how shrewd Stan Kroenke is.
    He undoubtedly has told McVay: You want more money?You can always put that Super Bowl ring up for auction.”

  6. All valid speculations. Lots of moving parts. The only thing we really know for sure is that the Vikings will not win a Super Bowl in your lifetime

  7. crazy… the guy who serves mimosos at the hair salon my hygienists wife goes to was saying the exact same thing last week.

  8. He should hold out just before the season starts. Now is his time to cash in and he should withhold his services to get it. That advice sound familiar, don’t sound the same though does it when it is a coach and not a player.

  9. Best coach in the league. He’s young, so lock him up and lets continue this dynasty.

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