Former Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll took a new job with the Buffalo Bills this week, but his new job will cost him some money at first.
USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz reported that Daboll (or his new employer) will owe Alabama $240,000 for leaving Tuscaloosa after only one season.
Per contract, Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's move to the Buffalo Bills means he (or the Bills) will owe Alabama a $240,000 buyout payment
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) January 16, 2018
Daboll’s one season under coach Nick Saban was pretty good, all things considered. The Crimson Tide won a national championship with a dramatic overtime victory over Georgia earlier this month. Daboll also helped develop freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who threw the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime.
Alabama will have to replace both coordinators heading into the 2018 season, as defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was hired by Tennessee.
Daboll’s exit continues a pattern of Saban’s struggles to retain offensive coordinators for multiple years. His replacement will the fourth OC to call plays in three seasons at Alabama, joining Daboll, Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin. However, that instability has yet to seriously cost the Crimson Tide.