Packers Daily Links: Report Has McCarthy Making $6.45 Million Per Season

Mike McCarthy would become one of the top five highest paid head coaches in the NFL, according to reports. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Despite initial reports saying Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was set to make around $5 million per season when his new contract was announced last week, Dan Pompei of National Football Post has him making significantly more money. "The reality, according to those with knowledge of the deal, is he now will be paid $32.25 million over five years—an average of $6.45 million per season," writes Pompei. "What’s more, McCarthy is scheduled to receive more than half of his money—more than $8 million per year--in the first two years of the deal. The contract was agreed upon the week after the Super Bowl, when McCarthy’s leverage couldn’t have been higher." Such a salary would likely put McCarthy in the top five highest paid head coaches in the NFL.

Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette outlines several reasons why Mike McCarthy will go on to even more success, among them, an ego that's comparatively small by NFL standards. "McCarthy doesn’t seem like the type that will allow success to go to his head," writes Vandermause. "Maybe part of it stems from his blue-collar roots. He was a toll collector while working his way through college. He played college football at the NAIA Division II level and climbed the coaching ladder the old-fashioned way by putting in long hours."

Packers president Mark Murphy and the rest of the NFL owners took the weekend off from negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement. "What will happen is still anyone’s guess," reports Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press. "A deal could be reached at any time. Talks could break off. The sides could agree to yet another extension." The new deadline is Friday to strike a new deal.

Arizona outside linebacker Brooks Reed is said to have the interest of the Green Bay Packers by Bill Huber of Packer Report. "This high-intensity, long-haired defender is very high on outside linebacker coach Kevin Greene's list," writes Huber (subscription required). Reed is frequently compared to Clay Matthews not just for the long hair but for their high motor as well.

Safety Charlie Peprah is featured in an article by Vic Ketchman of the Packers official website fresh off signing a new contract extension with Green Bay. "The news of Peprah’s contract was not of leaguewide significance, but for Peprah it is the culmination of a lifetime of dreams and a tortured year of wondering if he would ever get back to where he was," writes Ketchman, "which is to say on two healthy knees and on the roster, again, of the Green Bay Packers." Peprah had a very solid season for the Packers and should receive every opportunity to win a starting job next season.

Linebacker Nick Barnett will be released says Michael Rodney of Packer Update. "While Barnett could start for the majority of teams in the NFL, no GM is going to give up a significant draft choice for a player who will almost certainly be released by Green Bay at some point prior to the start of the 2011 season – especially when that player is over 30 and making a lot of money," writes Rodney. "At best, perhaps Thompson can coax a fourth or fifth-round pick from a team desperate for a proven veteran linebacker or from a team that simply doesn’t want to compete for his services on the open market. The guess here, however, is that Barnett will ultimately be released. It would be an inglorious end to a very solid career, but that’s life with a salary cap. And you can be sure that many other quality veterans will face the same face as soon as a new collective bargaining agreement is reached." A trade seems to be the more likely scenario for Barnett. Even if it's a late round draft choice, the Packers ensure they at least get compensation in return for Barnett.

Packers director of marketing and corporate sales, Craig Benzel, went all the way to Australia to speak with executives of their National Rugby League. "Mr Benzel talked of the importance of all clubs contributing positively to the brand of the game, the importance of building the game-day experience for fans and the unique experience that comes with a Super Bowl victory," according to the league's official website.

Former Packer Matt Bowen breaks down Tramon Williams' technique during the playoffs over at the National Football Post.

Tight end Tom Crabtree is evaluated over at AllGreenBayPackers.com.

The Packers could add depth at inside linebacker during the draft says Mike Davidsen of Green Bay Packer Nation.

Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sides with the players in the NFL's labor negotiations.

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NoWayJose's picture

March 07, 2011 at 10:30 am

Ugh. Monday morning... I wish I was Mike McCarthy, then I would be having a good monday! 6.45M/yr is a haul.

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Norman's picture

March 07, 2011 at 03:37 pm

As long as there's no salary cap for coaches (and of course there's not), I say pay him as much as the top tier coaches in the league, of which he is obviously one.

I did find it hard to believe that when the number was thought to be $5mil per year that he was making less than Lovie Smith, who will be fired within the next two years. That would be like extending Rodgers' contract and paying him less than Cutler.

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MarkinMadison's picture

March 07, 2011 at 07:42 pm

Opinions on Brooks Reed seem to vary widely.

From ESPN "Arizona DE Brooks Reed looked explosive without losing body control when forced to change directions and he's shown on film that he can drop into underneath coverage. His lower body flexibility when asked to bend around cones or bags was a notch below elite but still above-average. He could play end in a four-man front or move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 front."

The National Football Post questions his balance and ability to change direction, calling him a "one-trick pony." It's safe to assume that he developed little or no experience in pass coverage as a DE in college.

http://www.arizonawildcats.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/reed_brooks00.html

http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/13682485/27752014

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/scouting_department.html

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FITZCORE1252's picture

March 07, 2011 at 09:31 pm

Thanks for the links. That's the thing with this time of year. NFP has him 208 on the big board, CBSS has him 49th. Let Ted sort em out I say. As for some of the knocks on him, I would think having one of the all-time greats and the current standard teaching him the position at this level would do wonders. It sounds like he has all the speed and ability to be successful, some solid coaching and feedback could help polish him.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

March 07, 2011 at 08:21 pm

GBPG has MM making $5.5 base - $6.45 if he hits all of his escalators... let's hope he makes $6.45.

http://blogs.greenbaypressgazette.com/blogs/gpg/insider/

Either way, he still just edges me out.

GBP 4 LIFE

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