BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Eagles coach Andy Reid's agent sure picked a strange time to lobby for a contract extension for his client.
Bob LaMonte showed up for training camp at Lehigh University last Saturday - just four days after Reid had buried his oldest son, Garrett - and let it be known he was going to ask owner Jeffrey Lurie to extend Reid's contract.
"(Lurie) has stated again and again, anytime that I've been around him, that as long as he was the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid would be his coach," LaMonte told the Allentown Morning Call on Saturday. "I would say the proof is in the pudding. He's been here 14 years."
Lately, the pudding hasn't been too tasty.
Reid still has one more year left on the extension he signed in December of 2009 and will be making $5.5 million this season. According to Forbes Magazine, he is the eighth-highest paid NFL coach behind New England's Bill Belichick ($7.5 million), Washington's Mike Shanahan ($7 million), St. Louis' Jeff Fisher ($7 million), Seattle's Pete Carroll ($7 million), Chicago's Lovie Smith ($6 million), Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt ($5.75 million) and Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin ($5.75 million).
But unlike Belichick, Shanahan and Tomlin, Reid has never won a Super Bowl. And the Eagles haven't won a playoff game since the 2008 season. Last season, they didn't make the playoffs, prompting speculation that Reid - and everyone else in the organization - could be in danger of getting fired if they don't excel this season.
"Bob is a great agent who we have an outstanding relationship with," Lurie said in a statement released Saturday. "As much respect as all of us have for Andy Reid, it is the nature of the profession that all coaches, executives and players are evaluated each year. That’s the way we have always operated. But our focus right now, and I know Andy feels the same way, is solely on the upcoming 2012 season."
Reid told Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia that he was not aware of LaMonte's intentions and was reportedly unhappy about LaMonte's actions.
"I don't get into any of that," Reid said. "I'm a one-day-at-a-time kind of guy, one year, one play, the whole deal. So that’s not how I operate. I don’t worry about all that."
Given Reid's measured approach to everything, it seems ludicrous to suggest he had no idea his agent was going to try to strongarm the Eagles into a new deal.
And if he indeed knew about it and even endorsed it, the timing could not have been worse.
Lurie gave an emotional speech the day after Garrett Reid was found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh. He broke into tears as he spoke about Reid's love for his son and the compassion both he and the entire Eagles organization felt for Reid, his wife Tammy and their four other children.
On Thursday, there was a moment of silence held at Lincoln Financial Field in memory of Garrett. Afterward, the crowd showed its support by giving Reid a standing ovation.
Two days later, his agent was asking for more money.