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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

May 24, 2010 at 9:35 AM

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Pete Carroll among country's highest paid coaches

Posted by Danny O'Neil

According to Forbes, coach Pete Carroll is the third highest-paid football coach in this country and tied with Larry Brown as the fourth highest-paid coach of any sport. The magazine's annual survey of coaching salaries found that Bill Belichick of the Patriots and Mike Shanahan of the Broncos Washington were the only two football coaches whose pay surpasses the $7 million Forbes said Carroll will earn.

Phil Jackson of the Lakers tops all coaches, according to the magazine.

A couple of things to consider. Carroll's salary comes on top of the $12 million Seattle already owes Jim Mora after letting him go one-quarter of the way into a four-year contract.

Second, it is interesting that two of the three highest-paid coaches in the NFL are in their first year on the current job. More than anything, the lack of top-end contracts reflects the fact that prominent coaches such as Mike Holmgren, Tony Dungy and Bill Cowher aren't on the sidelines as well as the recent trend of hiring younger coaches without previous head-coaching experience. The success of coaches like Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh spurred other teams to look to get younger (and perhaps not coincidentally, cheaper). Guys like Josh McDaniels (Denver) andEric Mangini (with the New York Jets, not the Cleveland Browns). It will be interesting to see whether it becomes en vogue to hire a coach with some profile and swagger.

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