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NFL says teams can deal head coaches' rights

For those wondering whether owner Bud Adams might entertain trading away Coach Jeff Fisher, who enters the final year of his contract next year, the NFL office said that teams can deal a head coach or executive's rights to another club for compensation.

“Except for Head Coaches and High-Level Club Employees (club presidents, general
managers, and persons with equivalent responsibility and authority), clubs are not permitted to exchange draft choices or cash for the release of individuals who are under contract to another organization,” NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora clarified to TitanInsider on Friday.

Fisher is the longest tenured coach in the NFL, but the Titans have lost six in a row for the second consecutive year, and though owner Bud Adams has said that Fisher will be back next season, there is considerable speculation that Fisher and quarterback Vince Young might be in an either/or situation regarding which one returns in 2011.

Fisher said Friday following the Titans' sixth straight loss that he is under contract and that the quarterback situation with Adams would be addressed following the season.

Head coaches' rights have been dealt way before. The Oakland Raiders traded Jon Gruden's rights to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 for first-round choices in 2002 and 2003 and second-rounders in 2002 and 2004, plus cash.

After the 2005 season, the New York Jets allowed Herm Edwards to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2006 draft.

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