A source close to Jeff Fisher insisted the delay in choosing between head coaching jobs with the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams is not a leverage play and that neither side has yet to make an offer.
Fisher is making sure he has an ideal situation to step into before agreeing to coach one of the teams, the source said.
"This is not about money," the source said. "This is not about negotiating. This is about winning."
The Dolphins (6-10) missed the playoffs for the ninth time in the past 10 years. The losing season was their third in a row, the franchise's longest such stretch since the 1960s. Miami fired coach Tony Sparano with three games remaining.
The Rams fired Steve Spagnuolo after finishing 2-14. St. Louis has missed the playoffs for seven straight seasons.
Fisher sat out the entire 2011 season after being fired by the Tennessee Titans in January. He had served as coach of the franchise for 16 full seasons, including before the Titans moved from Houston to Tennessee.
He has a career record of 142-120 and led the Titans to at least 12 wins four times.
Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.