Gibbs, Cooke agree to 3 more years

July 29, 1992|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

CARLISLE, Pa. -- Joe Gibbs is still showing no signs of burning out.

Gibbs, who has been to four Super Bowls in his first 11 years as Washington Redskins coach and has won three of them, has agreed orally to a three-year deal with owner Jack Kent Cooke.

"Everybody knows I like it here with the Redskins," he said. "We've got a great setup. I've got a good owner. I feel good about being here."

Gibbs has long scoffed at the thought of burnout.

"I said a long time ago, I'm not so sure it's burnout. It's a lot closer to getting fired out than it is burned out in this league," he said.

Gibbs, who made $902,000 in 1990, according to figures released at the antitrust trial in Minneapolis, is probably second to Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins on the NFL coaches' pay scale. Shula recently signed a two-year extension for a reported $1.85 million a year, though there has been speculation that that

figure is too high.

Gibbs would only say that a report in The Washington Post that he got $1.4 million a year was inaccurate, prompting speculation that he received from $1.5 million to $1.6 million.

Gibbs is the only NFL coach making more than his highest-paid player.

Quarterback Mark Rypien got $1.25 million last year, though he is sure to get much more when he ends his holdout.

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