Will Kevin Sumlin Leave Texas A&M for the NFL in 2013?

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Kevin Sumlin finished his first season as head coach at Texas A&M and has found himself on the radar of NFL teams after a successful season that ended with a win in the AT&T Cotton Bowl over Oklahoma.

After an undefeated season at Houston put him in position for the Aggies job, the first season in the SEC has brightened the spotlight that shines on Sumlin who coached Heisman winning quarterback Johnny Manziel so much that three NFL teams inquired about him according to Adam Schefter.

Two college coaches made the jump to the NFL this season when Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and Syracuse’s Doug Marrone took the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills jobs, respectively, but with the Heisman winner just a redshirt freshman, Sumlin doesn’t seem to be itching to leave College Station as long as Manziel is still on campus. In fact, Texas A&M should be ranked inside the top-five at the start of the season.

However, Manziel will be eligible to declare for the NFL draft after next season in what should be another highly successful season and I wouldn’t be surprised if Sumlin follows him to the NFL.

The interest from the NFL is only going to grow stronger, and despite signing a five-year, $17.5 million extension he could see a significant raise in the NFL. Considering Kelly signed a deal that guarantees more than $30 million, Sumlin would stand to garner a similar payday with a productive 2013 season.

His stock may never be higher after next season and Sumlin may want to cash in on his meteoric rise through the coaching ranks and potentially could end up coaching his prolific college quarterback in the NFL.

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