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McCarthy wants to wait on contract talks

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Heatherthepackgirl, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. Heatherthepackgirl

    Heatherthepackgirl Cheesehead

    Nov 22, 2005

    Now is not the right time, however.

    General manager Ted Thompson broached the subject with McCarthy in a recent conversation and McCarthy said he would be happy to discuss it. But he said he would prefer to wait until after the season is over, so that he can focus on coaching the team.

    "It was just a 30-second conversation," Thompson said. "We talk all the time about all kinds of things. We'll talk at the end of the season. It's not like we're sitting around talking about it that often. With contracts with players and coaches we understand the business side of things. All of these things will be addressed in due time."

    Thompson acknowledged that he was encouraged by the team's 8-1 start and that McCarthy was everything he thought he was when he hired him. The Packers have won 12 of their last 13 games, dating to last season, and are tied with Dallas for the second-best record in the National Football League.

    McCarthy, who was asked about his contract extension and did not bring it up himself, also said his conversation with Thompson was brief. But he made it clear he was happy in Green Bay and would be more than willing to talk when the season was over. He said Thompson was in agreement that talks could wait.

    "We talk all the time," McCarthy said.

    "I never liked when a coach's contract (becomes an issue). To me, when you're in a season, it's about playing and winning games. You sit there and talk about distractions. Am I going to sit here and negotiate my contract the last four weeks of the season because it personally benefits me? Why can't we wait until February?"

    If negotiations were to begin now, McCarthy said it probably wouldn't be a problem and that he could keep it from being a distraction. But he said there was no hurry and it just made sense for it to be put on the backburner, given the good relationship he and Thompson have.

    It's unclear whether McCarthy would be giving up some money by waiting. He's in the second year of a three-year deal worth a reported $6 million. It's possible that, as part of the extension, he could negotiate a raise for the remaining weeks of this season, but whatever he receives at the time of the extension will probably be all guaranteed and more than enough to satisfy his needs.

    The risk for McCarthy is if things go poorly the rest of the year and the Packers blow their standing as one of the NFL's top teams. They could also get blown out in the first round of the playoffs, lessening his leverage.

    Then again, if they continue to do well and make a strong playoff run, McCarthy will be sitting pretty when it comes time to negotiate.

    The way McCarthy sees it, he has trust in Thompson and the current structure of the organization and there's no reason to believe he will be shortchanged. He signed a three-year deal because he wanted to prove himself in the NFL before committing long term and he doesn't see anything wrong with having to prove himself throughout this season.

    "I think it's something different here," McCarthy said. "You're not dealing with an owner, you're not dealing with an outside person. I think I'm pretty reasonable, I think I'm pretty realistic. Business is business, don't get me wrong. I took the three-year for a reason. I had an option to take a three or a four.

    "I took the three for a reason because I believed we were going to change this thing. So let's cash in when the time is right. I just don't want to deal with it right now."

    McCarthy's $2 million-per-year salary pales in comparison with the NFL's top money-makers, led by Seattle's Mike Holmgren, Washington's Joe Gibbs, Baltimore's Brian Billick and Atlanta's Bobby Petrino. According to a study done by the New York Post, Holmgren will make $8 million this year, Gibbs $5.7 million, Billick $5 million and Petrino $4.8 million.

    According to the Post, the average yearly salary of an NFL coach this year is $3.25 million, well above what McCarthy currently earns.

    It remains to be seen how high the Packers are willing to go with McCarthy and whether the pending change in the team's presidency will affect how much Thompson would be able to offer the coach. Current President Bob Harlan has left those negotiations to his general manager in the past, but if the executive committee or its new hire gets involved, there's no telling how the talks could go.

    If they choose to, the Packers wouldn't be the first team to take a hard line with a coach. Last year, Chicago's Lovie Smith had the lowest head coach's salary in the NFL while leading the Bears to a Super Bowl.

    It took until almost a month after the Super Bowl for a deal to get done and at one point there was an impasse that threatened to blow the whole thing up. Smith, who had just completed his third year of a four-year deal, eventually agreed on a four-year, $22 million contract.
  2. Raider Pride

    Raider Pride Cheesehead

    Jul 17, 2005
    No worries. It is obvious the Packers will be able to keep this young up and coming coach. The reason is, it is clear that McCarthy is a big T.T. supporter and they have a great relationship.

    This kind of GM/Head coach relationship and the mutual respect they have for each other is very good.

  3. agopackgo4

    agopackgo4 Cheesehead

    Jun 21, 2005
    Hopefully they can be a powerful team for years to come.
  4. spardo62

    spardo62 Cheesehead

    Mar 26, 2006
    I think he is also kind of sending a message to the players that if they take care of business on the field, the other business will take care of itself at the end of the season.
  5. MassPackersFan

    MassPackersFan Cheesehead

    Apr 18, 2007
    Another reason to like McCarthy. "Naw, I don't need to negotiate an extension while we're 8-1. Let's do it after the season." And he doesn't even treat it like extra motivation to do well through 2007. That's how focused he is.
    TT was a genius hiring this guy.
  6. Timmons

    Timmons Cheesehead

    May 8, 2006
    I am impressed with McCarthy and hope that it continues. Do you suppose the Vikings are looking to extend their HC's contract?
  7. digsthepack

    digsthepack Cheesehead

    Jun 5, 2005
    And he took the 3 year deal, when given the choice of a 3 or 4 year deal TT offered, with the confidence that he would EARN his next, and bigger, contract/extension earlier, with the success he envisioned and achieved.

    This guy is the next great coach in GB history.
  8. Zombieslayer

    Zombieslayer Cheesehead

    Aug 12, 2006
    I'm not worried.

    MM will get a good contract. And for the record, he deserves it. He's one of the better coaches in the NFL.
  9. brennan1884

    brennan1884 Cheesehead

    Feb 25, 2007
    Mccarthy is becoming top 3 or 4 coach in the league, his professionalism is parallel with Tony Dungy, his work ethich is in the same realm as Belichek, and his winning attitude is similar to Lombardi himself....

  10. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

    Aug 1, 2005
    This is a smart move on MM part, his contract dollars will only continue to escalate after he brings this team into the playoffs, and if we are lucky enough for him to make a run during the playoffs.. MM hits the Jackpot in terms of salary. Smart business move overall.

    Plus as others have said, it keeps the team focused on the issues at hand.. winning ballgames.

    As for the Vikes... they are negotiating with Childress, it is called a buyout. :razz:
  11. warhawk

    warhawk Cheesehead

    Dec 7, 2005
    It sounds to me like he knows exactly where he stands, understands that it's a gamble, and is willing to roll the dice.

    I like that. He's no dummy and he has a good feel for how far this team can go.

    Trust me. If he was not supremely confident in how far this team is prepared to go he would be all over a contract right now. Like he said, he took a three year term and has had a plan ever since.

    He's not about to waffle now.

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