BBAO: Will Bears adjust Tice's contract?


We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Chicago Bears have blocked offensive line coach Mike Tice from interviewing for the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator job, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. That decision brings to mind a clause that ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson has reported exists in most contracts for Bears assistant coaches.

Every NFL team has a different plan for a lockout. According to Munson, Bears coaches face an immediate 25 percent pay cut with a team option to dismiss after a 60-day notice.

Had he been hired by the Titans, it's possible Tice could have been forced to accept a similar clause. But from a professional and financial aspect, he would have had a bigger reward waiting for him on the other side of the lockout.

The Bears did what was best for them right now, realizing that Tice did an excellent job last season and knowing it would be difficult to replace him at this point in the offseason.

In truth, the Bears could opt not to exercise the contract option, and it's hard to imagine them terminating Tice's contract for short-term financial savings after refusing to let him interview with the Titans. But if nothing else, it's a reminder that a lockout would impact more than just owners and players -- and that even a team that encourages career advancement has its limits.

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