Report: NFL Coaches' Salaries Expected to Top $25M per Year Within 2 Years

Adam WellsDecember 1, 2021

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on from the side line during the second half of the game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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The value of an elite head coach in the NFL could soon be on par with what some of the top quarterbacks in the league get paid. 

Citing a source with direct knowledge of compensation paid to NFL coaches, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported top head coaches in the league could be making $25 million per season within the next two years. 

Florio noted the full extent of pay for head coaches in the NFL isn't currently known "because plenty of teams used related businesses to funnel extra cash to top coaches."

The report did note New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is believed to be making more than $20 million already, with at least two other coaches earning over $15 million per season. 

Per Logan Reardon of NBC Sports Chicago, Belichick and Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks ($11 million per season) are the only coaches making at least eight-figure salaries based on known information. 

Per Over the Cap, there are 14 quarterbacks with an average annual salary greater than $25 million. Tom Brady's current deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is worth exactly $25 million per season. 

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's average salary is just north of that mark at $25.005 million. 

Given the current trajectory of the NFL, where coaching and schemes can improve the talent of even an average quarterback, it makes sense that teams would put premium prices on the best coaches in the league. 

Teams that can combine a brilliant tactician with an elite-level quarterback have a much greater chance of reaching the Super Bowl than another club lacking in either spot.