Details Of Joe Judge Contract Emerge

Deal Believed To Be For 5 Years, $5M-Plus Annually

Ryan Chatelain
January 10, 2020 - 2:06 pm

Joe Judge's contract with the Giants is for five years, according to a report Friday morning.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report on the length of the deal, adding that the Giants hope Judge will be their head coach beyond five years and that the organization is tired of firing coaches after two seasons.

The New York Post reported that Judge's annual salary is believed to be more than $5 million.

Judge, 38, was a surprising hire for the Giants. After the team fired Pat Shurmur, much of the speculation about his successor centered on former Packers coach Mike McCarthy and Baylor coach Matt Rhule -- both of whom landed other NFL head-coaching jobs.

Joe Judge talks to the media after he was introduced as the new head coach of the New York Giants during a news conference on Jan. 9, 2020, at MetLife Stadium.
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A former Patriots special teams/wide receivers coach with no head-coaching experience, Judge was widely considered a long shot for the Giants job. But at Judge's introductory news conference Thursday, co-owner and team president John Mara said he gave "the best interview I’ve ever been a part of."

The five-year commitment, of course, doesn't ensure Judge will be on the Giants' sideline through 2024. Shurmur, too, had a five-year contract, but was fired after just two. Ben McAdoo signed a four-year deal in 2016 and he was sent packing before his second season was over.

On Thursday, Judge vowed to instill an old-school, physical mentality to the Giants. 

"We're going to put a product on the field that the people of this city and region are going to be proud of because this team will represent this area," he said. "We will play fast. We will play downhill. We will play aggressive. We will punch you in the nose for 60 minutes. We will play every play like it has a history and a life of its own with a relentless, competitive attitude."