Bud Carson may have talked himself out of $200,000

August 05, 1991|By Knight-Ridder

PHILADELPHIA -- Bud Carson, the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator, might have cost himself $200,000 for published comments about the Cleveland Browns, his former team.

Carson confirmed Saturday morning from the Eagles hotel at the Meadowlands that, after comments to the Philadelphia Daily News in London, he had received a letter from Cleveland Browns president Art Modell, notifying him that he was in violation of his contract.

A clause in Carson's Cleveland contract prohibits him from making damaging remarks about the Browns' organization while he is under contract. Carson was fired last season with one year remaining on his $400,000 per year contract.

Sources close to Carson, however, said that he is considering taking legal action against the Browns to prevent them from withholding the $200,000.

Whenever a fired coach under contract is hired by another organization, his former team must pay the difference between his new and old salaries. Carson is earning $200,000 per year as Rich Kotite's chief assistant.

Carson did not wish to comment further on the situation.

"I don't have a comment right now," he said.

Modell also declined comment. "I have no comment," he said, "other than to say I want to put all this behind me."

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