Booch is obligated under the terms of his Tennessee contract to seek new employment.
Tennessee owed Jones an $8.26 million buyout when it fired him, due in monthly installments throughout the duration of his contract, which was set to expire on Feb. 28, 2021. His contract requires him to try to find a new job to mitigate the buyout.
The analyst role likely wouldn’t mitigate Tennessee’s damages much – the AP reported in 2017 that analysts usually make about $45,000 annually – but it would fulfill Jones’ contractual duty, and he can continue to rake in that buyout money.
Who knew busy work could be so lucrative?