Could Parcells be running Jets in 2009?

December, 28, 2008
12/28/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Bill Parcells could be rebuilding your favorite team next year, and the New York Jets are on his radar.

ESPN senior analyst Chris Mortensen reported Sunday morning Parcells, who oversaw one of the NFL's most dramatic turnarounds as Miami Dolphins football operations boss, can become a free agent with his contract paid in full because a clause allowed him to bolt if Wayne Huizenga sold the team, and he is in the process of doing so.

Huizenga's sale of 95 percent of the team and Dolphin Stadium to real-estate developer Stephen Ross is expected to be finalized in January.

Parcells then has the option to walk away with the rest of the $12 million value of his contract still to be paid.

And what person in his right mind wouldn't do that? Parcells, however, did take the Dolphins job in part because he has a winter home in Jupiter, Fla., which is a quick commute to the facility in Davie, Fla.

But Parcells always has been a restless soul.

Mortensen, citing sources, noted the Jets, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and the Oakland Raiders as possibilities with the caveat Parcells wouldn't pursue any offers New England Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli might be interested in.

Pioli is Parcells' son-in-law. Many predict Pioli will leave the Patriots to call his own shots with another organization.

But what if Parcells and Pioli land in the same place and lay the foundation together? Then Parcells moves on to something else, which he has been wont to do. Probably not going to happen, but something to wonder about.

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