Don Brown is heading into his fourth season as defensive coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines. After guiding the defense to a top 20 ranking in each of the last two years, the school has decided to give him a big new deal.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Brown is receiving a new contract with the team worth upwards of $4.9 million. Per the report, he will receive over $1 million per year with $500,000 or more in retention bonuses each year after.
On top of all of that, Brown is subject to multiple bonuses depending on how high the defense ranks and how many wins the team gets each year. He could earn up to $300,000 per year alone based on win totals.
In the past three years, Brown’s defenses have ranked 16th (2018), 13th (2017), and 2nd (2016) in the nation in points allowed.
Michigan football's Don Brown, Ed Warinner have new contracts https://t.co/8FKIdy4To3
— Detroit Free Press (@freep) July 3, 2019
Brown isn’t the only member of Jim Harbaugh’s staff getting a bonus this year. Offensive line coach Ed Warriner is getting a nice raise as well.
Per the report, Warriner has received a two-year contract worth at least $1.35 million before incentives.
Brown and Warriner have certainly earned their keep for the majority of their tenures at Michigan, but beating Ohio State and winning the Big Ten is how they’ll truly earn their keep.