Former Carolina Panthers Head Coach Matt Rhule has reportedly 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, according to Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports.
Rhule signed a seven-year deal with the Panthers at the beginning of 2020 that was worth more than $60 million. The Panthers and the NFL declined to comment on the situation.
Rhule hired New York City employment attorney John Singer of Singer Deutsch LLP to file the complaint with the NFL, which likely will decide how the arbitration is handled.
In October, Rhule was fired during his third season with the Panthers after starting the season with a 1-4 record. The Panthers had an 11-27 record under him as Head Coach.
Rhule has since been hired as the new Head Coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He signed an eight-year contract that pays $74 million.
After Rhule was fired, the Panthers went on to finish with a 7-10 record, winning four of its last six games under then-interim Head Coach Steve Wilks.
Former Carolina Panthers Head Coach Matt Rhule. Photo courtsey of AP News