Coach Yrs. after fired Sum owed Chris Palmer 3 years $3 million Butch Davis 3 years $12 million Romeo Crennel 3 years Approx. $10 million Eric Mangini 2 years $7.8 million Pat Shurmur 2 years left About $5.6 million Rob Chudzinski 3 years left $10.5 million Source: Various media reports
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Monday the Browns owed Chudzinski about $10.5 million over the next three years. Shurmur was due roughly $5.6 million at the time of his dismissal.That is the most ridiculous aspect of teams firing their coaches after a poor season. It is bad enough that the team appears rudderless and lacking in any plan on how to improve, but then they have to shell out tons of money for guys they determined weren't good enough to keep around. Honestly, why do teams give a new coach a 4 year contract? No offense, but shouldn't Rob Chudzinski be pretty damn happy with getting paid $3 million for less than a year's work? Why does he need guaranteed nearly $14 million to take the job? That is obscene. I guess it is nice work if you can get it.
Since 2001, the Browns have gone through only one season (2008) without compensating a former head coach not to blow a whistle or design a game plan. By the end of 2016, they will have paid for 16 years of non-service from the pink-slipped six.
The most expensive buyout: Butch Davis, who Randy Lerner still owed $12 million at the time of his 2004 firing. The cheapest buyout: Chris Palmer, who the late Al Lerner owed $3 million over three years beginning in 2001. Remember, these figures don't include monies paid to coordinators and assistant coaches.
Since their 1999 return, the Browns have two winning seasons, one playoff appearance and no post-season victories to show for their investment.