As if he needed any additional incentive Sunday, Denver head coach John Fox would earn a $1 million bonus if his Broncos defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. That would amount to more than 25 percent of Fox's annual salary, which is believed to be around $3.5 million.
Fox, 58, also could be in line for a new contract prior to the 2014 season -- the last season included on his current deal, signed in 2011. The Broncos hired Fox after he was let go by Carolina following a 2-14 effort. He has taken the Broncos to an AFC West title in each of his three years, including in 2011 with Tim Tebow at the helm. Peyton Manning arrived in 2012 and has helped Fox to a 26-6 regular-season mark over the previous two seasons.
Fox should be in line for a raise, win or lose Sunday. His current $3.5 million-per-year rate is well off the earnings of some of the NFL's highest-paid coaches. New Orleans' Sean Payton received the league's richest coaching deal, according to Forbes, at $8 million per season; the Patriots' Bill Belichick, the Chiefs' Andy Reid (both at $7.5 million) and the Seahawks' Pete Carroll ($7 million) are not far behind. Each player on Denver's and Seattle's roster will receive a bonus for participating in the Super Bowl. Last season, members of the winning team (Baltimore) cashed in $88,000; the runners-up (San Francisco) each earned $44,000. Those totals are expected to rise slightly this year.