Todd Monken’s 3-year deal with Georgia worth at least $3.75M

Georgia's new offensive coordinator Todd Monken will be among the best paid in the SEC.
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Georgia's new offensive coordinator Todd Monken will be among the best paid in the SEC.

Credit: Michael Ainsworth

Credit: Michael Ainsworth

Georgia and assistant football coach Todd Monken have agreed to a three-year contract that will pay the new offensive coordinator at least $3.75 million through June 2023.

Monken, who left the NFL's Cleveland Browns to join coach Kirby Smart's staff in January, signed the deal on March 31. UGA provided a copy of the contract in response to an open-record request filed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on April 8.

UGA announced in February that Monken would make $1.1 million per year. But the 24-page agreement Monken signed calls for $150,000 increases in supplement pay each year in addition to a $390,000 gross salary. That means he'll make $1.1 million (including $710,000 supplemental) in Fiscal Year 2021; $1.25 million ($860,000) in '22; and $1.4 million ($1.01 million) in '23.

That’s an average of $1.25 million per year and does not include other guarantees, such as bowl bonuses, monthly car and insurance allowances and free Nike apparel.

That would have placed Monken ninth among SEC assistant football coaches, just behind Tennessee's Jim Chaney, according to 2019 salary data published by USA Today.

Georgia prorated the deal to compensate Monken for the time he had worked since joining the Bulldogs on Jan. 17. That means he should have received $236,666.68 in supplemental pay after signing the contract.

Monken’s contract also includes a buyout clause in which he must pay UGA $400,000 if he leaves for an NFL job before the completion of the season next year, including a bowl game. The number drops to $200,000 the last two years.

Monken has a big job. He is tasked with rebuilding a Georgia offense that must replace eight starters and underperformed in 2019. Monken also will oversee a quarterback competition that includes five candidates vying to succeed Jake Fromm, including graduate transfer Jamie Newman of Wake Forest and Southern Cal sophomore transfer J.T. Daniels.

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