Urban Meyer is no longer the Jaguars head coach.
With just 13 games in a five-year contract signed in January 2021, Jacksonville owner Shad Khan chose to fire Meyer after a series of missteps since taking over as head coach.
The final straw was starting kicker Josh Lambo accusing Meyer of kicking him in practice last August, but that only added to an already long list of questionable decisions by the new head coach.
“After many weeks of deliberation and a thorough analysis of Urban’s entire tenure with our team, I am bitterly disappointed to conclude that immediate change is imperative for everyone,” Khan said. in the official statement from the Jaguars released Wednesday night.
Jacksonville struggled with Meyer, going 2-11 after a nasty 20-0 loss to division rivals the Titans last Sunday. Meyer didn’t make it through a year of a five-year deal, so what happens now?
Here’s everything you need to know about your post-layoff deal.
Urban Meyer contract details
In January 2021, less than a calendar year ago, Meyer signed a five-year agreement that is estimated to be worth $ 10 to $ 12 million annually.
While there were never any concrete reports on exactly how much Meyer was making, that estimate would place him somewhere between the Patriots’ Bill Belichick ($ 12.5 million / year), the Seahawks’ Pete Carroll ($ 11 million / year) and the Los Angeles’ Sean Payton. Saints ($ 9.8 million / year) as one of the highest paid head coaches in the NFL.
Meyer’s signing of the contract, his first contract as NFL head coach, came on the heels of an immensely successful career at the college level, where he established himself as one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. He had a 186-32 record during his 17-year college coaching career, which included three national championships and a .853 winning percentage, which is the seventh-highest in college football history.
His NFL career fell far short of any expectation, being fired after 13 games when the Jaguars were 2-11.
What will happen to Urban Meyer’s contract after he is fired?
Those details have yet to be revealed and there have been some conflicting reports so far.
Allan Bell of CBS Sports reported that the Jaguars still owe Meyer “approximately $ 50 million” on his remaining contract, however, Sportico legal expert Michael McCann reported that Meyer “would likely be denied the remaining payments” if he were fired for good cause .
He went on to say that Meyer could sue for noncompliance, but the Jaguars would have several incidents to cite and “it could quickly get complicated.”
The Jaguars 2-11 fire Urban Meyer. If the firing was for good cause, Meyer will likely be denied the remaining payments on his multi-year contract. He could sue for noncompliance, but the Jaguars would have several incidents to cite. It could get dirty quickly. My take: https://t.co/NYmvN5zaNo
– Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) December 16, 2021
Meyer was in the first year of a five-year contract that was expected to be worth roughly $ 50 million to $ 60 million in total. Sporting News will continue to follow this unfolding story and will be updated accordingly.