Highest Paid Coaches In The NFL

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 | 0

Highest Paid Coaches In The NFL

The National Football League has never been in better position financially. With teams raking in millions upon millions from ticket sales, concessions, and merchandising, that money trickles down into management and personnel.

Head coaches are some of the main benefactors of this dynamic, and those who succeed get paid more than handsomely. Some who don’t succeed make a killing, too. Here are the top five highest paid coaches in the NFL.


1.) Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints – $8 million

Payton has proved an invaluable asset to the team, leading them to their first-ever Super Bowl and firmly supplanting the former laughingstock near the top of the NFL ranks. He missed 2012 while suspended due to the Saints’ “BountyGate,” and it was easy to see that the team missed him more than a little bit.

With star quarterback Drew Brees, a bevy of weapons, and an improving defense, the Saints are once again poised to make a run at the NFC South title. They may have lost their Week 1 game in a shootout to Atlanta, but Payton has undoubtedly earned his $8 million salary.


2.) Bill Belichick, New England Patriots – $7.5 million

It’s kind of a surprise to not see Belichick at the top of this list. The polarizing, secretive New England boos has lead the team to three Super Bowl victories and has the Patriots in place as the team to beat in the AFC East each year. They have a revolving door of talent thanks to their relative unwillingness to pay most players big money, and it’s a system that obviously works for what they’re trying to accomplish.

Although the Pats have fallen short in their last two Super Bowl appearances (losing to the Giants both times), Belichick will always be listed near the list of top coaches in the NFL. With longtime quarterback Tom Brady at the helm, the Pats are always a threat. They lost their 2014 season opener at Miami, but you can bet they’ll bounce back strong.


3.) Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks – $7 million

Carroll may be the coach with the most momentum on this list. He lead the Seahawks to a dominant Super Bowl victory in 2013, and with all the pieces in place, they are the odds-on favorites to repeat in 2014. They smoked the Green Bay Packers, who supposedly have one of the league’s best offenses, in Week 1, and they don’t appear to be slowing down.

Carroll has worked wonders in Seattle, and the Seahawks are head and shoulders above the rest of the league right now. He may be the third highest paid coach on this list, but given what he brings to Seattle, that’s a bargain.


4.) Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams – $7 million

Jeff Fisher of the Rams is the one name that stands out on this list. He was signed back in 2012 to lead St. Louis to the Promised Land, but with a 14-17-1 record in his first two seasons, things aren’t quite unfolding as planned.

The team lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford to a second torn ACL in the preseason, an injury that most likely spelled the end of the oft-injured passer’s tenure in St. Louis. The Rams also lost their Week 1 season opener 34-6 to the Minnesota Vikings, and things could get worse before they get better.

With his results questionable, Fisher is the only one not earning his keep on this list.


5.) John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens – $7 million

Currently entrenched in the overblown saga involving former Ravens running back Ray Rice, Harbaugh is earning his salary this week. But overall, he’s an accomplished coach who won the Super Bowl in 2012, something that earned him a lucrative contract extension.

The team didn’t exactly follow up their big win with a strong season in 2013, but they did win their Week 1 game against Cleveland this year. Baltimore has a lot of question marks to answer going forward, and although Harbaugh has the all-important trump card of Super Bowl victory on his side, if the Ravens continue to perform under expectations, he could find himself on the hot seat.

He probably shouldn’t given his resume, but that’s the harsh nature of today’s what-have-you-done-for-me-lately NFL.

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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