Speculations were rampant that Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay would leave the team and work as a television analyst.
After all, who wouldn’t want the football knowledge of a person who just won the NFL’s biggest game?
If that happens, the 36-year-old mentor is set for a huge payday that can rival the $17 million Tony Romo earns as CBS’ TV analyst.
However, veteran sports personality Dan Patrick has an interesting take on what McVay is doing during his show.
Is Sean McVay using "retirement" as contract leverage? Does he have actual interest in possibly getting into television? Does ESPN have interest in him? DP spoke to a source that shared some information. #Rams pic.twitter.com/bLcA12Fm3Q
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) February 15, 2022
In that video that lasted nearly three minutes, he mentioned that ESPN is interested to bring him in to dissect the games.
However, Patrick speculated that this was all a leverage move from McVay to earn more money after leading the Rams to a championship.
He deserves more, especially given that his annual salary is roughly half of what Romo earns from calling games at the booth.
Patrick added that there’s no certainty that McVay would be a great analyst despite his impeccable football intelligence.
Will McVay Leave Los Angeles?
McVay still has an active contract with the Rams until 2023.
However, he’s in line for an extension after the 2021 season and it’s highly possible that he won’t sign anything for less than $10 million.
That amount puts him closer to what Super Bowl-winning coaches Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, and John Harbaugh are reportedly earning annually.
If team owner Stan Kroenke does not give him a raise, then television becomes an easy choice because he could command the same money if not more.
If Sean McVay decides to walk away from coaching after Super Bowl LVI, ESPN would pursue him for Monday Night Football, per @nypost.
McVay hinted at potential early retirement on Friday.
While he reportedly makes $8.5M now, McVay could "command a salary of $10M+" in the booth. pic.twitter.com/q55txWTLp5
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) February 13, 2022
That tweet from Front Office Sports speculates that McVay could earn $10 million as a television analyst which is less work for the same pay.
However, it seemed like the rumors have been laid to rest when he convinced Aaron Donald to run it back.
"RUN IT BACK, RUN IT BACK." 🗣
— NFL (@NFL) February 16, 2022
Likewise, his fiancee, Veronika Khomyn, posted on Instagram with a caption “And no. He is NOT retiring!!!”
In case we needed confirmation, Sean McVay’s fiancé posted on Instagram tonight that he is not retiring. pic.twitter.com/oeq3EQ4GSd
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) February 17, 2022
What a sigh of relief then for Rams fans as the team and McVay seek to finalize a contract extension.