Williams Gets No Guarantee, But A Gold Chute
Gregg Williams
Gregg Williams

Posted Jan 9, 2006

The Redskins didn't guarantee that Gregg Williams would succeed Joe Gibbs when they signed him to a new deal last week, but he'll get a nice consolation prize if he doesn't.

Gregg Williams didn’t receive a promise that he’d be the Redskins’ next coach when he signed a new contract last week, but he got was many would consider to be the next best thing. He could cash in a nice golden parachute if he doesn’t move up.

A clause in Williams’ new deal dictates that the Redskins will pay their Assistant Head Coach/Defense a bonus of $1 million if he is on the staff when Joe Gibbs steps down as head coach and he isn’t promoted into the top job, according to a report on ESPN.com.

Williams will still be free to become a head coach else at any time, including this season. By NFL rules, assistant coaches cannot be prohibited from seeking head coaching jobs regardless of their contractual status. Still, after signing the three-year, $8 million deal, it is not expected that Williams will interview for any of the openings this offseason.

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