New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin announced to reporters at the NFL Scouting combine that he has agreed to a one-year contract extension to continue as the team’s head coach.
Coughlin, who will turn 68 years old in August, was set this season to enter the last year of a three-year contract extension he signed after winning Super Bowl XLVI.
The extension, which he said was reached before the team arrived in Indianapolis but which hasn’t been signed just yet, will officially end the “lame duck” perception and keeps in line with the team’s long-time practice of not allowing a head coach to enter the last year of his contract.
Both Coughlin and team CEO John Mara both expressed mutual interest in Coughlin continuing as the team’s head coach after New York completed a 7-9 season, with Mara telling reporters that the team would have discussions regarding whether to extend the coach.
The one-year extension makes sense for the Giants for two reasons. First, as noted before, it creates that sense of stability that the front office desires.
More importantly, if new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is a front-runner to succeed Coughlin as many seem to believe to be the case, the two-year period gives the first-time NFL offensive coordinator a couple of years of experience at a position that’s a step below a head coach to get his feet wet.
McAdoo, incidentally, signed a two-year contract with the Giants according to a report in the Star-Ledger.
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In other tidbits to come from Coughlin’s combine press conference:
* Guard Chris Snee, who had surgery on both hips last year, is working and rehabbing toward the goal of playing in 2014. However, they will need to decide whether Snee actually makes that goal when the time comes.
Snee is due to count for $11.3 million against the 2014 salary cap, and if he were to return for an 11th season, there’s virtually no chance that the Giants don’t look to reduce that number to something a little more cap-friendly.
To do that, the Giants could convert money from Snee’s $6.75 million base salary, add a voidable year to his contract, and spread the converted money over the two-year period.
* Coughlin said that the team won’t try to keep pending unrestricted free agent receiver Hakeem Nicks before the start of free agency. “I’m sure the market will be where Hakeem will go,” he said.
* Coughlin confirmed that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, did not have surgery on his shoulder and that he’s on schedule in his rehab. “Hopefully, he’ll return to where he was and there are no limitations.”
* Coughlin pumped the brakes on the optimism created by a recent report by ESPN that said running back David Wilson, who underwent spinal fusion surgery on his neck on January 21, could be ready for training camp. Coughlin told reporters at the combine that he doesn’t know about Wilson’s immediate status or if he’ll even be ready for the spring.
Still to come: some new insight on the new offense being installed by McAdoo.