Wow... I had no idea.
The Vikings offered Bud Grant the chance to replace Mike Tice as coach less than a decade ago but wouldn't pay the Pro Football Hall of Famer what he wanted, Grant wrote in his new book, "I Did It My Way."
Then-Vikings owner Red McCombs called Grant "well into" an up-and-down season to see if he were interested in the job, Grant wrote in a book co-authored by Jim Bruton.
"Red, Tice is the lowest-paid coach in the National Football League," Grant wrote that he told McCombs. "I am not going to accept that."
McCombs and then-Vikings executive Gary Woods offered roughly $150,000 per game, Grant wrote, but Grant wanted $1 less than what the NFL's highest-paid coach at the time was making. Grant estimates that was probably $4 million to $5 million a year.
The Vikings' counteroffer "wasn't even close," Grant wrote, and the deal was off.
"I would have come back," wrote Grant, who already had two stints as Vikings coach (1967-83 and 1985). "I thought the Vikings had a pretty good team, and returning to coaching was kind of an exciting thought. The money would have been good, and I thought it might be fun to come back to coaching -- for a short time, anyway. It certainly would have been exciting to do at 78 years old."