Michigan Wolverines offensive coordinator Josh Gattis was heading into a contract year this upcoming season, but the football program has ensured that will no longer be the case. According to a FOIA request from the folks over at MLive, Michigan has extended Gattis through the 2022 season.
Gattis signed a new contract with the program in April that managed to be kept under wraps despite new hires and adjustments taking place everywhere. Aaron McMann’s report states that he is now set to coordinate Michigan’s offense through Jan. 10, 2023, and he will receive a pay raise in 2022. He is set to make $900,000 this upcoming season before a $1 million salary kicks in ahead of the 2022 campaign.
Gattis can also earn bonuses for finishing top-two in the Big Ten in scoring offense ($100,000), top-ten in the FBS in scoring ($100,000) and $50,000 per win after Michigan reaches eight victories in a season (up to $200,000).
Year three is a pretty significant one for Gattis and the Michigan offense. Things started slowly in his debut in 2019 but picked up as the season went along. The COVID-impacted 2020 season was a disaster for everyone involved on both sides of the ball and the yo-yo nature of the offseason.
Gattis has been a good recruiter and someone that players have gravitated to since arriving on campus. The offensive results have been inconsistent, but a reset button was hit this offseason and there is optimism they can get things turned around.
We will have to wait and see what happens, but the extra year on the contract ultimately does not mean a ton other than stability on paper, much like Jim Harbaugh’s new deal. Gattis’ contract would not be difficult to get out of if things do not work, but Michigan is hoping it does not come to that. Still, they hope his offense is part of the solution that can help them dig out of the hole they dug for themselves in 2020.