Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, perhaps spurned by the dismissive indifference from Bill Cowher, seems hellbent on bringing in a coach with Super Bowl jewelry. Wilson’s newest target seems to be former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.
The Bills, in fact, are scheduled to meet with Shanahan this week. And they fully understand, to even have that conversation, they must be prepared to pay more than the $7 million Shanahan is due to earn in each of the next two years as part of the balance of his guaranteed contract with the Denver Broncos, who fired him as their coach after the 2008 season.
“You’re probably talking about $50 million over five years and maybe even a piece of the team,” said a source close to Shanahan. “And by all indications, (Bills owner Ralph) Wilson is ready to have that conversation.” –NFL.com, via WGR 550
I hope Wilson plans on bringing back John Elway also. Shanahan seemed to be a much better
quarterback coach with him under center. Just saying. But if Wilson moves the team to Toronto within 10 years, it could be a handsome investment for a coach. Plus it gives that guy a chance to own a piece of his success (presuming there’s any success to be had) in addition to a potential tax break.
Good move or not, it’s smart. Wilson knows that he won’t get first-tier talent without offering innovative compensation. It’s nice to see a small-market team actually making an effort for once.