Joe Brady has signed a 3-year contract to remain at LSU, according to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated.
The contract details are “in flux” but Dellenger said the deal would more than double his current $410,000 salary. (Dellenger wrote on Twitter the contract would be worth around $3 million.)
That Brady would sign a contract with a healthy raise to remain at LSU is the opposite of surprising. His one year to date in Baton Rouge has been nothing short of transformational, winning him the Broyles Award, quarterback Joe Burrow the Heisman Trophy, wideout J’Marr Chase the Biletnikoff, and helping LSU reach Monday night’s national title game. The question is would Brady remain in Baton Rouge amid NFL interest remains an open question, and this contract would keep that question alive. From SI:
The deal protects LSU from losing Brady to college assistant jobs, but provides him flexibility for a jump to a college head coaching position or the NFL, where many believe his future lies.
LSU has never feared losing Brady to another college offensive coordinator job, but the program remains apprehensive he would fend away NFL interest. Matt Rhule is reportedly targeting Brady to join him in Carolina. There will surely be others.
So, to recap: there was never a question that Brady would leave for LSU for another college coordinator job, and never a question LSU would reward that loyalty and 2019’s astronomical performance with a new, pricy contract. But if Brady would turn down NFL opportunities to remain at LSU has always been an open question, and the new contract does nothing to answer that query.