The legendary Phil Jackson made his retirement official last week, making Bill Belichick the richest head coach in North America, according to Forbes.

They estimate that Belichick makes approximately $7.5 million per year, which puts him about $500,000 ahead of Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.

The difference, of course, is that Shanahan has flopped early on in Washington. Belichick is a three-time Super Bowl winner who deserves every dollar he makes (which is saying a lot).

Belichick and Shanahan are followed by Dov Rivers, who just signed a lucrative extension with the Celtics, and the unproven (on a pro level) Pete Carroll.

Other NFL coaches to make the top 10: Lovie Smith ($6 million), Ken Whisenhunt ($5.75 million), Tom Coughlin ($5.25 million) and Mike Tomlin ($5 million).

How sad is it that the NFL teams with the highest paid head coaches in the league (after New England) are Washington, Seattle, Chicago and Arizona?

(Via ESPN NFL Nation)

Comments (1)

  1. Oh, Sean Payton ain’t gettin’ paid? For real?

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