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Redskins, Bucs join teams who have left pension plan

Assistant coaches don't like it, and you can't blame them Brad Biggs

Print This April 28, 2010, 12:11 PM EST

Add the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the group of NFL teams that have opted to back out of the league’s pension system for employees.

According to the Washington Post, the Redskins informed employees – including the coaching staff – that they will be backing out of the pension program as of July 1. This, after the Redskins filled most of the spots on the staff in January with the promise of – you got it – pension funding.

"It's our understanding that they took these positions and understood what they would be getting in return," NFL Coaches Association director Larry Kennan told the Post. "It was a little different last year when all of a sudden, they decided to take this away from everyone without even talking with us."

Nine teams backed out of the pension program last year and Kennan told the National Football Post last August that he expected more than half of the league to be out of it this year. Per the Post report, the number stands at 11 now after the Glazer family led the Bucs in that direction. The program doesn’t just affect coaches, but employees at all levels of an organization.

"When we say that we're upset with the owners, it's not all the owners. We're only talking about 11 right now," Kennan said. "Most of the owners are still offering their coaches these pensions."

Unfortunately, more teams could be joining the list.

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