Mort Alleges Parcells Can Walk From Dolphins Because of Huizenga Sale of Team
There's no doubt that Tony Sparano has done a fantastic job, but Parcells is the architect who made Sparano's work possible.
The Dolphins are one win away from a division title, and on the morning of their showdown with the Jets, there probably aren't many players contemplating Parcells' future. After all, he signed a four-year deal last year, so why would he be going anywhere?
Because he's Bill Parcells, that's why.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday NFL Countdown that Parcells' contract has one "out" in it. This "out" would allow Parcells to walk within the next month or so, and it would give the Dolphins no method of obtaining compensation should Parcells sign with another organization.
The "out"? If Wayne Huizenga closes on a sale of the franchise.
And guess what could happen as soon as Tuesday?
Huizenga has already said that he wants the sale to Stephen Ross closed by the end of the year. That's so he can get the sale done under 2007 capital gains tax rules. Theory is that President-elect Barack Obama will raise the tax, and Huizenga doesn't want to take any chances on his profits.
So, Mort says (take it for what it's worth!) that Parcells has a one-time out in his deal that allows him to walk if Huizenga sells the team. Mortensen reported that Parcells will have a month to exercise his out. If he does, he becomes a total free agent, free to sign anywhere he chooses with no need for compensation to the Dolphins.
For what it's worth, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald says Parcells is expected to remain in Miami, but he makes no mention of the Mortensen report of an out clause.
Speculation? Well, obviously the Browns and Lions come to mind immediately. I mean, you'd be stupid not to hire Bill Parcells to run your football operations, no matter his nomadic ways. Mortensen mentioned the possibility of Al Davis hiring Parcells to run things in Oakland, and he also noted that Parcells is unlikely to step on the toes of New England's Scott Pioli should he choose to move elsewhere to become a general manager.