Lincoln Riley said he was not tempted to leave Oklahoma for an NFL job this offseason, failing to show any interest even in leaving for the Browns, where his former quarterback, Baker Mayfield, plays. Riley explained it’s “hard to see myself leaving Oklahoma.”
In any case, even an agreement expansion prior this offseason didn’t stop Riley-to-the-NFL talk.
This may calm the discussion for a year or two: Our companions at College Football Talk revealed that an open records demand by the Tulsa World found that Riley has a $4.6 million buyout in the event that he leaves OU for any activity, including the NFL, after the 2019 season. The buyout drops by $1 million consistently from that point until March 16, 2022, when OU will forgo the buyout.
Riley’s arrangement goes through 2023, and he gets a $1 million reward in the event that he is the head mentor on April 1, 2021.
Riley, 35, will make $6 million in complete remuneration in 2019, making him the most generously compensated mentor in school history.
He has delivered a 24-4 record, with two Big 12 titles and two Heisman Trophy champs in his two seasons.