The Arizona Cardinals have fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury but he will be on their payroll for a couple of more years. After the 2021 season, the Cardinals signed Kingsbury to an extension through the 2027 season. 10 months after giving Kingsbury an extension, the Cardinals decided to fire him and search for a new head coach.
Kingsbury may be out of Arizona but he will be paid by the Cardinals through the 2027 season. The financial details regarding Kingsbury's contract with the Cardinals were never officially revealed but there were reports suggesting that Kingsbury signed a deal that pays him $5 million annually.
If that's the case, Kingsbury is owed $20 million in the next four years. Shortly after the Cardinals announced the firing of Kingsbury, NFL fans started mocking the team for giving Kingsbury a multiyear extension, just to fire him 10 months later.
The Cardinals moved on from Kingsbury
When Cardinals Michael Bidwill was asked about the financial consequences of firing Kingsbury, he suggested keeping Kingsbury just because of the money owed wasn't the solution. "It didn't.
And, so, when you look at it, nobody here is hitting the easy button and saying, 'Let's just keep this thing going.' Uh, we'll live with the financial consequences," Bidwill said, per ESPN. After making the playoffs last season, the Cardinals went a disappointing 4-13 this season.
"We all thought over the last three seasons or the prior three seasons that we would take the next step up after having achieved a playoff appearance last year. It didn't happen. The people in this room and our fans know all the reasons why, dating back to last year, that different factors worked against us.
Still not an excuse. And we expected better, I expected better and we deserve better. And that's what our community wants. It's what our fans want, it's what the players want, it's what everybody in this organization wants," Bidwill explained. The Cardinals have started their search to find a replacement for Kingsbury.