Doug Marrone's Bills deal has three-day opt-out clause


Coach Doug Marrone guided the Bills to a winning record in his second season, ostensibly insuring a third year in Buffalo.

As it turns out, though, Marrone has leverage of his own regarding his future with the organization.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via Bills sources, the recent ownership change triggered a three-day opt-out clause in Marrone's contract. Per Rapoport, Marrone has not yet made a decision whether to stay or go.

It's a situation to monitor through Wednesday, because this is the one unsettled situation following Monday's upheaval.

Although there has reportedly been feathers ruffled between Marrone and Bills front office members, team president Russ Brandon has done his best to downplay the tension.

It would be interesting to see the market for Marrone's services if he does opt out. The list of head-coaching candidates skews heavily to the defensive side, with Rex Ryan, Todd Bowles, Dan Quinn and Teryl Austin as the headliners.

Highly regarded prior to joining the Bills two years ago, Marrone would join Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase atop the list of offensive minds if he becomes available.

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