Every business is out to do one thing, make money. So when the rare occasion comes around for a company to save money, most companies will jump at the opportunity to save a nickel. Often times short-sided companies will step over dollars to pick up dimes. In the case of former Oregon Duck coach and NFL Eagles and 49ers coach Chip Kelly, he and his new employer, the UCLA Bruins will be helping the 49ers save a little bit of cash.
That little bit of cash we are talking about is only a mere $7.5 million. Chip Kelley had become a bit of a wunderkind when his mighty Oregon Ducks rose to fame based on analytics used to run the tables in the Pac 12 and even fought for a national championship. Kelly rode that fame into the NFL where he became a virtual bust after a quick and sensational start with the Philadelphia Eagles. After his demise in Philly, the San Francisco 49ers signed him to a multi-year million dollar contract. After only one season in the Bay Area, Kelly was dismissed.
The UCLA Bruins just announced the signing of Kelly as their head football coach for yet another multi-year $23 million dollar contract. Because he signed that contract with the Bruins, this helps the 49ers escape money owed to Kelly. As already mentioned, the amount owned is a small chunk of change to the tune of $7.5 million.
In the dog-eat-dog competitive business world that we live in, it is a rare breath of fresh air when a company like the 49ers finally are able to save money. Never mind the multitude of missteps the organization has made over the last decade which put them in this predicament in the first place. After several poor general manager hiring’s and firing’s, and several poor contract signing’s, it’s nice to finally see some good happen for the 49ers.