You might remember our discussion a few days ago about whether Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has lost credibility with Pittsburgh’s fans because of some untruths he’s told when it comes to depth chart information. I said no, that he’s a football coach and that’s what football coaches do.
Apparently, Tomlin has no credibility problem with the Steelers front office.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday morning that Tomlin has signed a three-year contract extension. The new deal runs through 2014, though the financial terms aren’t yet known.
Some interesting analysis from the story:
In similar circumstances, Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, with two years left on his first deal, signed an entirely new five-year contract in February that reportedly will pay him an annual average of between $5.5 million and $6 million.
In the past when the Steelers extended the contract of former coach Bill Cowher, the terms of the original deal would remain in place and the new salary would not kick in until the new extended portion of the contract began.
(Ken) Whisenhunt was a candidate to replace Cowher, who resigned as Steelers coach after the 2006 season. Instead, Whisenhunt took Arizona's offer to become the Cardinals' head coach and the Steelers hired Tomlin.
Whisenhunt and Tomlin received virtually identical contracts of four years and an option year that averaged $2.5 million annually.
If Tomlin, 38, and the Steelers followed suit and negotiated a comparable contract again, it would be the highest contract the team has paid its head coach. For that to happen, however, an entirely new contract would have had to be done and it does not appear to have happened.
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