Browns had controversial ‘Four Year Plan’ bonuses for Hue Jackson


Hue Jackson’s contract with the browns had an addendum that included bonus incentives that didn’t explicitly require losing games, but seemed to incentivize losing, according to documents obtained by Sports Illustratedby Gary Gramling and Conor Orr.

Jackson, who coached in Cleveland from 2016 to 2018, claimed in February that the team gave him incentives to lose games between the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The league opened an investigation into the allegations in April and announced Monday that it could not substantiate his claims. .

In internal documents obtained by SI, Jackson would receive a bonus after meeting specific incentives outlined in “a separate internal Browns document titled ‘The Four-Year Plan.'” In Article 3 of his contract, the part that describes his compensation, Cleveland included a line that read: “In addition to salary, the Employee will be eligible for bonus compensation in accordance with the criteria amounts described in Exhibit A”.

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