People were scratching their heads when the San Francisco 49ers hired Jim Tomsula to replace Jim Harbaugh at the end of last season.
Barring a brief stint in 2006 as head coach of the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe, Tomsula had very little experience in charge of a team and was previously working as the defensive line coach in San Francisco.
Well, people's reservations about Tomsula's hiring were proved correct after he only managed to last one season with the Niners. However, it has been revealed that the team will be paying the coach his entire contract.
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Tomsula, who was fired after the season finale on Sunday, will get every single cent of the $14 million that San Francisco would have paid him over the four years of his deal.
Jed York revealed the move in a press conference following Tomsula's departure, according to CSN Bay Area.
“I would say this: We’ve got several years of Jimmy T’s salary left and we’re going to eat it,” York said. “Whether he’s coaching somewhere else or not, we owe him that. That’s not a concern.”
With Tomsula making $14 million for one 5-11 season, the 49ers will end up paying Tomsula $2.8 million for every victory he managed as head coach - not too shabby for the 47-year-old who will struggle to find a head coaching gig for a while after 2015's debacle.