Brendan Maloy
Tuesday January 14th, 2014

Ken Whisenhunt has previously served as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Ken Whisenhunt has previously served as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ken Whisenhunt was lured to the Tennessee Titans by a contract worth $1 million more per year greater than what the Detroit Lions offered, according to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com.

Detroit - originally the expected landing spot for Whisenhunt - had a plane prepared to pick up the coach in San Diego on Monday should he have accepted the job, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. But in the end Whisenhunt chose the Titans, who offered better pay and a job closer to his hometown of Atlanta.

Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk also points out that the disparity in pay could be caused in part by the $12 million still owed by the Lions to recently fired coach Jim Schwartz.

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