Not only have the Calgary Stampeders committed to signing John Hufnagel as their new head coach, they've decided to pay him more than anyone else in the league.
A source close to the situation told the Sun Hufnagel has already agreed to a six-year deal worth close to $2.5 million.
On top of an annual salary of roughly $400,000, the former Stampeders QB and offensive co-ordinator will also be given a financial stake in the club, said the source.
While it all seems an awful lot for someone who has no CFL head coaching experience, Hufnagel could certainly command big money from potential CFL suitors as he could easily have returned to the NFL where he has been paid handsomely as the New York Giants' offensive coordinator since 2004.
Word is that current head coach Tom Higgins will be offered a front office job and Hufnagel's old pal, George Cortez, will undoubtedly be asked to remain offensive co-ordinator.
While there's no word on what the future holds for GM Jim Barker, there's talk Hufnagel is considering hiring Roy Shivers, with whom he worked throughout the early 90's when 'Shiv' was the Stamps' player personnel director.
While Hufnagel's former Calgary boss, Wally Buono commands more money in B.C. as coach and GM, Hufnagel's deal will make him the league's richest pure coach.
"We as an organization are focusing on the playoff game and wish the media would do so as well," was owner Ted Hellard's response when asked to discuss Hufnagel.
"We have no comments with regards to the coaching situation."
Hufnagel, 56, could not be reached for comment.
"It's a distraction," said Higgins, whose team is now plagued with issues heading into Sunday's West Semifinal in Regina. "I'm not sure why anyone would be talking about me when we have a football game to play."
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