Wayne Huizenga claims Bill Parcells has told him he will not opt out of his contract if the team is sold.
Executive vice president of football operations Bill Parcells will return to Miami next season and not exercise an escape clause in his contract, team owner H. Wayne Huizenga said on Sunday.
"Bill's going to stay," Huizenga said, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, which first reported his comments. "He told me [Friday] he's going to stay. He said he likes it here."
File this under the "I'll believe it when I see it category." This rumor promotes franchise stability, which will make the team easier to sell. The potential for the most important executive in the franchise to opt out might be making buyers leery. Parcells is legendary for changing his mind. He backed out of two deals with Tampa Bay and another as recently as a year ago with Atlanta. Parcells loves making headlines, and becoming a free agent would be a surefire way to generate them. He also can name his price on the open market if he opts out. Even if he does eventually come back to Miami, he can at least get himself a raise by negotiating a new deal.