Doug Marrone is opting out of his contract with the Buffalo Bills after two years, mainly because his 2015 salary of $4 million is guaranteed no matter what. Even if Marrone takes a head coaching job with another team, he still receives his full salary from Buffalo.

ESPN first reported how the then-first time NFL head coach signed such a sweet deal in 2013:

Marrone exercised the unique option during the final hours of a three-day window that opened Monday, stipulated in the four-year contract he signed with the Bills in 2013. The opt-out clause was included in the original contract in the event of an ownership change, which occurred when Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the franchise in October.

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When Marrone interviewed for a handful of jobs in 2013, he was offered the head-coaching position by the Bills and Browns and was a finalist with other teams when he agreed to coach the Bills.

Of course the Browns factored in here somehow, giving Marrone enough leverage to negotiate such a deal. The thing is — the Bills were pretty good this season! They went 9-7, mainly on the back of an amazing defense. But Marrone saw the writing on the wall — Kyle Orton retired, E.J. Manuel probably won't be a franchise guy, and the Bills won't have an easy way to upgrade the QB position with a middle-of-the-pack draft pick.

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In another dash of intrigue, Marrone has immediately become a candidate for the recently-opened New York Jets job. Although taking a job with the Jets when you could be making $4 mil doing absolutely nothing kind of negates Marrone's boss-ass move.

[ESPN]

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