Parcells' clause grows from 30 days to forever

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

All of those Dolfans who breathed a sigh of relief last week when Bill Parcells declared he would return next year probably will be a little more anxious to learn he now can leave with full pay whenever he wants.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Friday afternoon that before former Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga surrendered control of the team last month, he adjusted a clause that allows Parcells to step down at any time as Dolphins football operations boss and collect the full worth of his four-year, $12 million contract.

The new walkout clause comes without restrictions. Parcells simply could retire and get paid. He also could leave Miami to take a coaching or front-office job with another NFL team, and the Dolphins would receive zero financial or draft compensation.

The clause essentially puts the Dolphins under contract to Parcells, not the other way around.

For the next three years potentially, Dolfans will have to endure hearing Parcells' name mentioned for every major coaching or football operations job around the league.

The latest Parcells drama began last month. Mortensen reported the future Hall of Famer had a 30-day window to take the money and run if Huizenga were to relinquish control. Parcells' contract specified he would answer to Huizenga only.

Real estate magnate Stephen Ross purchased an additional 45 percent of the team and Dolphin Stadium, giving him 95 percent ownership.