Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer was fined $ 100,000 by the NFL. He’s not the only one, the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys were also fined, but it’s Meyer who is getting all the attention. All three teams were fined for breaking the rules of Organized Team Activity (OTA), which Twitter is not surprised Meyer did.
It’s a disturbing start for the Jaguars, where Meyer takes his first steps with NFL standards. The controversial college coach was hired after the Jaguars sacked Doug Marrone, who saw the team suffer 15 straight losses. Adding to the team’s woes last season, Rashaan Melvin has withdrawn from the 2020 season due to Covid-19 issues. In May, it was rumored that Tim Tebow could make a comeback after a nine-year absence with the Jaguars, which he will do this season. After the disappointing 2020 season, if the Jaguars were looking for a better 2021, fans will have to pray that Meyer is out of trouble. In addition to their personal fine of $ 100,000, the team will also have to pay $ 200,000 for the violations. This raises an interesting question: Can Meyer afford to pay the fine? If you look at his net worth, that shouldn’t be a problem.
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What is Urban Meyer’s net worth?
After exploring the depths of the internet, we discovered that Meyer is worth about $ 35 million. How did he get so rich? Well, not all of his contracts are publicly available, but we do know a few details. When he took over the University of Florida football team in 2005, Meyer was awarded a seven-year, $ 14 million contract. He then signed an extension, increasing his salary to $ 3.25 million per year.
His six-year, $ 24 million extension with the team in 2009 made Meyer one of the highest-paid coaches in the world. He would then have earned $ 7.6 million a year with the Ohio State Buckeyes. When he retired in 2018, Meyer had earned nearly $ 40 million from his time with the Buckeyes. Of course, he didn’t keep all the money. Meyer was forced to forfeit $ 570,000 in lost wages due to a three-game suspension in 2018. Nonetheless, the money he made from his time with the Buckeyes was considerable.
Meyer had no problem dropping $ 1.45 million on a seven-bedroom Ohio residence in 2012. This year he upped that by paying $ 2.1 million for a four bedroom residence in Jacksonville. In this case, he should have no problem paying the fine of $ 100,000.
“The Urban Meyer era has a fantastic start”
As news of the fines reached Twitter, it didn’t take long for the coach to be trolled. One Twitter user said: “I wonder what the violation was, but this is the beginning of an Urban Meyer manual.” Another person joked, “We should all find something that we love as much as Urban Meyer loves breaking the rules.”
Sports journalist Alex Barth tweeted: “The Urban Meyer era begins in a fantastic way.” Another noted: “Urban Meyer hasn’t even coached 1 NFL game and yet he’s already doing Urban Meyer type shit.” One person joked, “Urban Meyer needed to break some rules just to feel something.”
“The ink is still wet on Urban Meyer’s contract and he’s already getting fines,” one person tweeted. Another joked, “Name a better duo than Urban Meyer and break the rules, you can’t.”
As we mentioned, the Jaguars aren’t the only team to be fined. The 49ers were fined $ 100,000 and Kyle Shanahan was fined $ 50,000. The Cowboys were also fined $ 100,000 and Mike McCarthy $ 50,000. In addition to the fines, the Jaguars will have to forgo two OTA training sessions in the first week of the 2022 offseason. The 49ers have been ordered to cancel their last week of OTA 2021 and the Cowboys must forgo a training session. OTA during the first week of the 2022 offseason.
The exact nature of the violations has yet to be revealed, but given that the fines for the Jaguars and Meyer were higher than their counterparts, it appears their violations were more serious. It’s certainly a bad start for Meyer, who will coach an NFL team for the first time. Only time will tell how this affects the Jaguars.