Kelly’s deal with 49ers for four years, $24 million
New 49ers coach Chip Kelly reportedly will be earning a robust $6 million annually as part of a four-year contract, ESPN reported Friday.
Kelly’s annual salary is the highest ever for a 49ers coach, though the length of the deal is not.
Dating back to 1999, Steve Mariucci, Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Jim Harbaugh each signed five-year deals. None of those coaches lasted through that term, and the same goes for Mike Singletary and Jim Tomsula, who had four-year pacts.
Tomsula signed a four-year, $14 million contract that will be paid in its entirety even though he was fired Jan. 3 after only one season, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Kelly drew a $6.5 million annual salary as part of a five-year, $32.5 million deal he signed in 2013 with the Philadelphia Eagles, who are on the hook the next two years for any difference in value with Kelly’s 49ers deal, which conceivably would be $500,000 annually, depending on how it’s structured.
SEAHAWKS: Marshawn Lynch got on the bus Friday. Now to see if the running back can carry the mail for the Seahawks on Sunday in a divisional playoff game against the Carolina Panthers.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sounded confident that Lynch can do whatever they need to beat the Panthers.
“He’s really pumped to play football and play with his team,” Carroll said after Friday’s practice. “So I’m looking forward to him playing like he has in the past.”
The Seahawks listed Lynch as probable after he fully participated in practices Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but Carroll made it clear he expects Lynch to play.
STEELERS: The Pittsburgh Steelers have ruled out All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown from Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game against Denver while he recovers from a concussion.
Brown left last weekend's wild-card win over Cincinnati after taking a shot to the head from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Brown has not practiced all week while following the NFL's concussion protocol. The four-time Pro Bowler tied for the league lead with 136 receptions and was second in yards receiving with 1,834 this season.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger remains questionable with a sprained right shoulder.
BUCCANEERS: Tampa Bay Buccaneers are turning their rebuilding project over to Dirk Koetter.
The longtime NFL offensive coordinator became the team's fifth coach since 2008 on Friday, succeeding Lovie Smith, who was fired after going 8-24 over the past two seasons.
Koetter's selection wasn't a surprise. He helped No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston become just the third rookie in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards this season, and was identified by general manager Jason Licht as a "very strong candidate" when Smith was fired last week.