The Steelers announce that they have agreed to a contract extension with Head Coach Mike Tomlin today. The two year extension will keep Tomlin under contract through the 2018 season.
“I am pleased to announce we have extended Mike Tomlin’s contract through the 2018 season,” said Steelers’ president Art Rooney II in a statement via the team’s website. “Mike has proven he is one of the top head coaches in the National Football League, and we are confident he will continue to lead the team in our pursuit of another Super Bowl championship.”
During his 8 seasons as Steelers head coach, Tomlin has led the team to two Super Bowls (winning one), and has a 82-46 record (.641) in the regular season. The Steelers have made the playoffs 5 times out of those 8 seasons. Tomlin, who was once the youngest head coach to win a super bowl, is now 43 and says his focus is on winning another one.
“I very much appreciate this contract extension, but my sole focus has been and will continue to be meeting the challenges that lie ahead for the 2015 season,” Tomlin said in a statement earlier today. “These past nine years in Pittsburgh have been a wonderful experience for my family, and I look forward to pursuing what is the Steelers’ goal every year – bringing another Super Bowl championship to the city of Pittsburgh.”
The financial terms of the deal are not available, and, unlike players contracts, are not often made public. However, NFL reporter Ian Rapoport reports that this deal will put Tomlin among the top 3-5 highest paid coaches in NFL and all sports.
On #Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s extension & raise: I’m told he’ll now be paid among the top 3-5 highest paid coaches in @NFL & all sports.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 23, 2015