New Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly initially
turned down the team and others when he said he was electing to remain with the
Oregon Ducks. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the $32.5 million contract the
Eagles and Kelly eventually agreed upon, making the rookie one of the
highest-paid coaches in the NFL, played a “crucial factor” in his decision to
join the team and leave Oregon.
The lucrative deal, which is worth $6.5 million annually,
was a crucial factor in Kelly's decision to join the Eagles after originally
deciding to remain at Oregon, according to the source.
Kelly was officially introduced as Andy Reid’s replacement
last Thursday, becoming the 21st head coach in Eagles’ history. He
went 46-7 with the Ducks before making the jump to the NFL.
Despite his impressive record in Oregon, Kelly brings no
previous NFL experience to the table. He’s considered an offensive innovator,
and the Eagles are banking on him using his skills to help get their once-proud
franchise back on track.
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