Posted January 14, 2014

Report: Titans offer to Ken Whisenhunt worth $1 million more per year than Lions offer

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Ken Whisenhunt has previously served as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ken Whisenhunt has previously served as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ken Whisenhunt was lured to the Tennessee Titans by a contract worth $1 million more per year greater than what the Detroit Lions offered, according to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com.

Detroit – originally the expected landing spot for Whisenhunt – had a plane prepared to pick up the coach in San Diego on Monday should he have accepted the job, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. But in the end Whisenhunt chose the Titans, who offered better pay and a job closer to his hometown of Atlanta.

Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk also points out that the disparity in pay could be caused in part by the $12 million still owed by the Lions to recently fired coach Jim Schwartz.

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The Lions announced on Tuesday that they had hired Jim Caldwell to be their next head coach.


2 comments
x72
x72

So it came down to taking more $ instead of taking the better job. Slick move Kenny, will be looking for employment again in a couple years.

Azeron
Azeron

@x72 So...you would seriously take less money...no a million less annually to coach the Lions rather than the Titans?  Neither is a home run job on a good day, but the Lions were 0-16 a few years ago.  Their ownership is apathetic to say the least.  I'd rather live in Nashville than Detroit if the money were the same.  If I am going to receive better pay to coach in Nashville....even better.