Marrone was the head coach at Syracuse University before he was hired by the Bills, where he spent the past two season, going 6-10 in 2013 and 9-7 this year. Marrone signed a four-year contract before the 2013 season but he had an opt out clause which allows him to still collect his $4 million 2015 base salary, which is guaranteed, without it offsetting any money on his next contract.
"We are disappointed that Coach Marrone will no longer be an important part of our organization," Bills owner Terry Pegula said in a statement released to the media. "We thank him for all of his hard work and leadership during his tenure and wish him and his family the best with the next chapter in their lives.
Marrone did a solid job with the Bills the past two seasons, especially considering his quarterback options, and just missed out on the playoffs this year. With Kyle Orton’s abrupt retirement the uncertainty at quarterback and no first-round draft pick this year is thought to have played a part in Marrone’s desire to leave Buffalo. According to the source the departure had nothing to do with the new ownership.
The Jets are expected to show serious interest in Marrone, who spent the 2002-2005 seasons as offensive line coach for the Jets, and Marrone is reportedly very interested in the Jets open coaching position. The Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons are also expected to be potential destinations for Marrone.