Former Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rule has filed an arbitration lawsuit against the Panthers alleging that the franchise has refused to pay him his severance compensation that is worth nearly $5 million.
Rhule, who was hired as the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in November, was fired after the Panthers’ 1-4 start to the 2022 season.
The Panthers had an 11-27 record in two-plus seasons under Rhule.
Per Jones, Carolina had hired Rhule on a seven-year contract worth more than $60 million with an annual base salary of $8.5 million through the 2026 season. While it wasn’t reported how much he made in his brief tenure with the Panthers, he was owed $34 million in base salary between Feb. 1, 2023, and Jan. 31, 2027. Rhule’s contract with Nebraska will pay him $29 million in base salary during that time, creating a difference of about $5 million between the two contracts.
Jones noted that the Panthers and the NFL declined to comment on the situation, and Rhule’s attorney, John Singer, said, “We have no further comment.”