Bill Cowher To Bears or Texans?

steve tischContributor INovember 25, 2009

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 5:  Bill Cowher stands on the field before the Baltimore Ravens game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 5, 2007 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Bears fans coveting Bill Cowher as a possible replacement for Lovie Smith , take a deep breath. This may cause your pulse to race.

An NFL Network report Monday night cited a source that said the idea of coaching the Bears or Texans "would excite,'' Cowher if the job becomes open.

That'll simply make the anti-Lovie contingent among Bears fans even more antsy. But the same report said Cowher would command in the range of $10 million per-season - a staggering price even for a head coach with a Super Bowl ring.

But realistically, Smith still has two years and $11 million remaining after this season on his contract. Can you see the Bears paying a coach $10 million per year? Didn't think so.

Jason La Canfora reported that the Bills are expected to speak with Mike Shanahan this week and contacted Cowher about the opening created when they fired Dick Jauron last week. Cowher responded that he isn't interested in talking to any teams about potential jobs until after the season.

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