Report: Bucs Offered Kelly $6 Million AnnuallyJanuary 24th, 2012
It seems Team Glazer went for the jugular to snatch their prized prey in the Bucs’ search for a new head coach.
A whopper of an offer was made for University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, so reports Michael Berk, sports director of KGW-TV, Portland’s NBC affiliate. Berk was a guest Monday on The Ron and Ian Show on WDAE-AM 620 and said his sources told him the Bucs’ offer was more annually than they paid Chucky.
“[Kelly's] base salary is $2.8 million at Oregon. He reached a lot of incentives this past season, as you might imagine, for winning the conference championship, for going to the Rose Bowl, for winning the Rose Bowl,” Berk said. “I heard the Buccaneers offer was in the $6 million range [per season], so it was double. And it almost would have to be double because [Kelly] has a $3 million buyout.”
Berk went on to explain that Kelly had, in fact, definitely accepted the Bucs job and had informed his university, which already had offered Kelly’s head coaching job to Ducks offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich. So when Kelly had a change of heart, getting his job back wasn’t automatic.
So what about this $6 million a year for Kelly? Joe’s not sure how those that obsess about Team Glazer’s alleged frugality will swallow that fat figure.