Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
Annual salary: $7 million
Career record: 40-40 (.400)
Building a college power at USC not only earned Carroll another NFL shot after a so-so run in the 1990s with the Jets and Patriots, it made him a hot commodity. He snuck into the playoffs at 7-9 last year.
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