Tennessee Titans offered Ken Whisenhunt $1M more annually than Detroit Lions

Jan 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans new head coach Ken Whisenhunt (center) with general manager Ruston Webster (left) and president and ceo Tommy Smith (right) during the press conference at St. Thomas Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

All weekend long, when analysts weren’t talking about the four playoff games that were on, they were talking about how Ken Whisenhunt would be the next head coach of the Detroit Lions whenever the San Diego Chargers lost. After the Chargers lost, reports surfaced that Whisenhunt would accept the Lions job within 48 hours, and while he did indeed accept a job within 48 hours, it was in Tennessee and not Detroit.

We are now learning why Whisenhunt likely chose the Titans over the Lions and it has less to do with his Tennessee ties and more to do with wheelbarrows full of money. According to ESPN, the Titans offered Whisenhunt $1 million more annually than what the Lions were offering.

But in choosing the Titans over the Detroit Lions and becoming Tennessee’s new head coach, Whisenhunt got $1 million more in annual salary than what Detroit offered, according to a source familiar with the offers.

Had the figure been $1 million more in total, this wouldn’t be that big of a deal. But $1 million more annually means the Titans are giving Whisenhunt $1 million per year just to get above the millions that the Lions were throwing at him.

In theory, if the Titans were to give Whisenhunt a 5-year deal, they’re paying him at lest $5 million right off the bat, plus whatever the actual offer is. It’s clear that the Titans really wanted Whisenhunt and hopefully they end up on the right side of the phrase, you get what you pay for. 

Topics: Detroit Lions, Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans

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  • twelsh36446

    Lions are saying there was never an offer made, so how can he get offered 1 million more by the Titans? Oh that’s right, you made it up. Well, what else can we expect from the media? They were going to bring Whisenhunt up to Detroit so they could maybe offer him the job, and so they could maybe talk money, but he never showed. Stop making stuff up, or consider your sources before you make a statement like that. Whisenhunt was one of their top choices, but was never told it was his if he wanted it. The interview in San Diego never got that far. All this was pure conjecture by the media.

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