Eagles among 7 teams to not cut coaches' salaries


Sunday, May 22, 2011
Posted: 5:43 p.m.
By Reuben FrankCSNPhilly.com
The Eagles are one of only seven NFL teams that have not cut the salary of its coaches since the lockout began in March, according to a report in The Boston Globe.

A story in the newspaper reported that 25 of the 32 NFL teams have either already instituted pay cuts for their coaches or told them that they will begin doing so on June 1. The report said the cuts ranged from 20 to 50 percent.

Among the seven teams that have assured their coaches they are not planning to trim their salaries are three of the four NFC East teams.

The Globe report identified the Eagles, Seahawks, Steelers, Raiders, Giants, Colts and Cowboys as those that have told their coaches they will continue to receive their full salary at least through the end of the off-season. That could change if regular-season games are eventually lost due to the lingering dispute between the leagues owners and players.

Larry Kennan, director of the NFL Coaches Association, told the newspaper that some teams began cutting salaries as soon as 30 days into the lockout. Other teams waited two or three months before docking coaching pay.

Kennan told the newspaper that the cuts are in violation of the coaches contracts, since the teams are still asking the coaches to work the same hours preparing for the 2012 season as they would have had there not been a lockout.

The only thing theyre not doing right now is they dont have any players to work with, but theyre all working, spending probably as many hours as they would if the players were there, Kennan said. And theyre getting paid less than their contracts called for.

With the exception of a brief court-ordered 1 12-day respite in late April, NFL players have been locked out of their facilities by the owners since March 11.
E-mail Reuben Frank at rfrank@comcastsportsnet.com

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