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Top Ten Lowest Paid NFL Coaches

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On Friday, we took a look at the top ten highest paid coaches in the NFL, so today it only seemed appropriate to break down the head honchos who make the least money every year. Three of last year’s lowest paid coaches (Leslie Frazier at Minnesota, Mike Munchak at Tennessee, and Rod Chudzinksi at Cleveland) were scratched on Black Monday, so I’ve left them off of this list. 


Top Ten Lowest Paid NFL Coaches


1. Oakland’s head coach Dennis Allen brings home a relatively paltry $2.5 million a year. Granted, this isn’t bad for a 41-year-old who has yet to bring the city a winning season, but it does leave him all alone at the bottom of the barrel salary-wise. 


2. The Chargers’ Mike McCoy is worth $3 million per annum to his club. After the success that Phillip Rivers and Co. had towards the end of the 2013 season, though, maybe McCoy will aim to move up on this list in the near future.


3. Gus Bradley, the head coach at Jacksonville, should probably be grateful that his salary is as much as $3 million per year. The team hasn’t really contended in the AFC South, well, ever. Bradley did retain his job once again this year, though, and the Jags have the No. 3 overall draft pick, so maybe they can start to get on track. 


4. Buffalo’s Doug Marrrone is yet another member of the $3 million a year club. Marrone and his Bills have had some woes in recent years (and losing Jairus Byrd to New Orleans didn’t help this off-season), but Marrone still has a job and 2014 is a clean slate. 


5. Rex Ryan and the rest of the New York Jets staff make some of the most inexplicable decisions in football (Tebow and Vick, for instance). Yet, Ryan seems to be absolutely beloved by the club’s front office. Ryan makes $3 million annually, which could be explained somewhat by the team’s struggle to actually piece together a winning season. 


6. The Panthers’ Ron Rivera is in a similar boat as Mike McCoy. Both coaches led their squads through hot streaks at the end of 2013 and both still make just $3 million a year. Depending upon how Cam Newton and his newly restructured receiving corps perform in 2014, Rivera could vie for a raise. 


7. John Fox, the Denver Broncos’ well-known head coach, earns $3.5 million a year. Fox is at the helm of the one of the league’s most talented teams, but they weren’t able to bring the Lombardi home to Denver in 2013. At least there’s always next season…


8. Cincy’s Marvin Lewis takes home $3.5 million per season. For a guy whose squad has yet to win a play-off game (though they have had multiple appearances…credit where credit’s due), this ain’t half bad. The Bengals last won in the post-season in 1990, so they’re more than due for a W. 


9. After the season that Joe Philbin endured at Miami, he’s probably breathing a sigh of relief that he still has a job after Black Monday. In fact, Philbin’s $3.5 million per year salary is probably looking pretty darn good. Now that things have settled down in south Florida, Philbin and Co. can start focusing on what really matters….winning football games. 


10. The Colts’ Chuck Pagano takes home $4 million a year. The 53-year-old has more than earned the respect and support of Indy’s fans and players after his battle with leukemia in 2012. As long as Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, and Co. can keep stringing together winning seasons, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for Pagano to be looking at both a Super Bowl appearance and a raise within the next few seasons.

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