A league source tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that former Ohio State HC Urban Meyer is looking for $12 million per year to coach in the NFL.
Florio explains that this may not actually be as crazy as it sounds after the Panthers hired Matt Rhule last year at nearly $9 million per year. Beyond that, a number of coaches are making $10 million or more in the NFL.
Recent reports have said the Jaguars have serious interest in Meyer being their next head coach and he has been making calls to line up a coaching staff.
Meyer, 56, got his start in coaching in 1986 as a graduate assistant at Ohio State. He worked as an assistant coach at Illinois State, Colorado State and Notre Dame before getting his first head coaching position at Bowling Green in 2001.
Meyer moved on to become the head coach at Utah in 2003. In 2005, he was hired as the head coach at Florida before retiring due to health reasons in 2010. Meyer came out of retirement to take the lead job at Ohio State in 2012 and was in that position until 2018 before retiring again citing health reasons.
It’s worth mentioning while Meyer has been hospitalized for chest pains and migraines, both of his health-related retirements have followed off-the-field controversies, including how he handled a domestic violence accusation for one of his assistant coaches at Ohio State.
As a head coach, Meyer has a career college coaching record of 187-32 and has won three national titles at two different schools.
We’ll have more on Meyer as the news is available.