Despite winning the Dallas Cowboys’ first NFC East title since 2009, Jason Garrett is still coaching under an expiring contract.
READ MORE:NFL wildcard streaming – Watch Bengals vs Colts online Stuart Scott dies – Longtime ESPN analyst dies after battle with cancer Baltimore Ravens defeat Pittsburgh Steelers in playoffs – Joe Flacco throws two TDs as Ravens beat Steelers
With an expiring contract, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett could potentially pursue other options if the team gets bounced in the playoffs.
Garrett enters the postseason against the Detroit Lions with one loss or a Superbowl win away from becoming a free agent. His 2011 contract expires once the 2014 season ends, and that contract has not yet been extended. Speculation is that a playoff loss could lead team owner Jerry Jones to move the Cowboys in a different direction.
Last week Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone opted out of his contract to become available for NFL teams, and instantly became one of the top candidates on the market. A similar move by Garrett could land him a big contract with another ready-contender like the San Francisco 49ers or Atlanta Falcons.
It would be a risky move considering that most of the six teams that are currently without a head coach are fighting tooth and nail for interviews with the top coaching candidates. OC Scott Linehan and DC Rod Marinelli have already reportedly received interest from other teams.
But if Garrett does decide to test the market and not accept a new contract with the Cowboys, he would become arguably the biggest coaching target on the market, having never had a losing season in five seasons with the Cowboys and being an offensive guru in a league that salivates for them.