Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith has been rumored to be a candidate for several head coach and defensive coordinator positions, but he may not coach at all in 2013, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
When he was fired by the Bears, Smith had one year remaining on his contract worth $5 million. Any salary Smith earned in 2013 would deduct from what the Bears owed him, making it nearly impossible for Smith to earn more by working as a coordinator than he would by taking a year off.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals are both still searching for a new head coaches, but Smith isn't believed to be in the running for either making it even more likely he will not coach in 2013. If Smith does indeed take a year off from coaching, it will be the first break since he started as a high school coach in 1980.