NEW YORK -- Former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells will meet today with Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse and is expected to finalize the same five-year, $6.5 million deal he walked away from 10 days ago, the New York Daily News has learned from well-placed NFL sources.
The dizzying Parcells Sweepstakes took an unexpected turn when Parcells called Culverhouse Sunday to ask back into the Bucs' picture. And this time, it looks like it will get done.
Why the change of heart by Parcells? NFL sources say he felt pressured by the Bucs and the media to make too quick a decision at a time he wasn't ready to commit. In addition, there has been some concern over his health, although he has insisted it is not a factor. Parcells underwent angioplasty on Dec. 16 to clear a blocked artery.
Parcells, reached at his New Jersey home last night, refused to comment. Culverhouse refused comment outside his Tampa office.
According to the sources, the deal is identical to the one Culverhouse thought Parcells had agreed to two weeks ago. Culverhouse said Parcells left him feeling "jilted at the altar" when he turned him down on Dec. 28. Well, apparently the wedding is back on and Culverhouse still wants to take the trip down the aisle.
If the deal is finalized as expected, Parcells will be coach and director of football operations. From all indications, the same 38-point document will be included, which provided for a budget of between $2 million and $2.5 million for Parcells' staff; country club memberships and automobiles for Parcells and his staff; and a new weight system for the players, among other perks and improvements.