The Green Bay Packers have stated publicly that, unless games end up being missed, their non-football staff will not be subject to salary reductions during the National Football League's lockout of its players.
The same protection does not extend to their coaching staff.
Greg Bedard, quoting director of the NFL Coaches Association Larry Kennan in the Boston Globe this morning, reports that the Packers have already cut their coach's salaries due to the lockout.
Kennan said only seven teams have pledged to their coaching staffs that they will not ask for any pay cuts unless the lockout extends into the season: Seattle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Oakland, New York Giants, Indianapolis, and Dallas.
The other 25 teams have either already instituted cuts, will do so on June 1, or have the right to do so at some point. The cuts range from 20 to 50 percent.
“Four teams are at 50 percent, there are a couple that are 30 or 35, but generally it’s 20 or 25 percent,’’ Kennan said. “That’s significant. You’re used to living on that. To take half your pay away, that isn’t comfortable.’’
The Patriots, who had lockout clauses put into the contracts of assistant coaches, have not yet docked any pay and say they have no plans to.
Most of the assistants who lose wages will receive the money back once the lockout is over. But not all. The Dolphins, who will cut back all pay June 1, are among those that will not provide refunds, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Kennan said two teams that have already docked pay are the Ravens and Packers.
“That was surprising to me that they did that because those two teams are so good to their coaches and employees,’’ Kennan said. “They are two of the model organizations in the game. The coaches will recoup the money, absolutely.’’
This is exactly what I was talking about yesterday when I wrote about Roger Goodell, DeMuarice Smith and collateral damage. Yes, coaches will be reimbursed the money - that doesn't make things any easier for the coaches or their families as we head into summer.
The Packers had told reporters back in March that Mark Murphy, Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy would be taking siazable cuts to their pay, while Packers' General Counsel Jason Wied had said that cuts were likely "in the future."
It seems the future has arrived.
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