Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Patriots made OC Josh McDaniels the by far highest paid coordinator in the NFL and now has him under contract through the 2022 season.
The Patriots reportedly gave McDaniels a five-year contract, which is “basically never happens for a coordinator,” according to Rapoport.
In fact, Rapoport says that at one point in the deal, McDaniels will make over $4 million per year and the Patriots are compensating him like a first-time head coach.
After McDaniels surprisingly backed out of an agreement to become the Colts’ head coach, there was a lot of speculation about McDaniels being a head coach in waiting for the Patriots, seeing as there were questions about Bill Belichick’s future this past offseason.
McDaniels, 42, began his NFL coaching career with the Patriots as a personnel assistant back in 2001. He worked his way up to offensive coordinator in New England before he departed for the Broncos head-coaching job in 2009.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go very well for McDaniels with the Broncos and he was fired during his second year with the team.
After a brief stint with the Rams as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, McDaniels returned to the Patriots and has been running their offense ever since.