This is why you always read the fine print....
The language in seven assistant coaches' contracts states that their contracts expire on Jan. 31, 2012 or "the day after the Jaguars' last football game of the 2012 season and playoffs," whichever is later, sources said.
The quirk exists in the contracts of the assistant coaches who were given what were termed two-year extensions before the 2010 season. The Jaguars asked their assistant coaches, except interim head coach Mel Tucker, to turn in grades and clear out their offices by Jan. 6 with the assumption their contracts would expire on Jan. 31, not any later than that.
The coaches met with human resources on Wednesday, Jan. 4, which is when they alerted the Jaguars to the discrepancy between their schedules and their contracts, sources said. (Florida Times-Union)
So basically, the Jaguars thought they signed their assistant coaches to two-year contracts, but due to some imprecise and unfortunate wording, the contracts read like three-year deals. New owner Shahid Khan is looking for a new head coach and has to fire all the assistant coaches, giving whoever he hires full control over the coaching staff, but this contract discrepancy could mean that the team will have to pay the assistant coaches around $4 million next season regardless.
In unsurprising news, the Jaguars have fired team general council Paul Vance in the wake of this news. Vance was in charge of overseeing all contracts with the club, and while he may have been fired eventually anyway, this $4 million blunder certainly didn't help his case.
Oh, the joys of owning your very own NFL franchise! Khan surely knew he would have a lot of work to do in overhauling the club, but this....this is a little ridiculous.