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    Tomlin receives contract extension

    Steelers' Tomlin receives contract extension
    Tuesday, July 13, 2010
    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Peter Diana/Post-Gazette

    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
    The Steelers have ended speculation about Mike Tomlin's status as their coach by coming to an agreement with him on a three-year contract extension, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has learned.

    Tomlin's new contract will carry him through 2014. His previous contract, signed when the Steelers hired him in '07, had one year and an option left. The five-year deal was worth an average of $2.5 million annually.

    The Steelers have not yet announced Tomlin's new contract and financial terms were unavailable.

    Steelers president Art Rooney, who negotiated the deal with his coach, is on vacation and could not be reached for comment.

    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.

    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.

    Tomlin's record as coach is 31-17 in three regular seasons.

    Since Cowher succeeded Chuck Noll as their coach in 1992, the Steelers traditionally extended his contract whenever there were two years remaining on his old deal. Sometimes the extension would be for two years, others for three.

    They did that until the sides could not come to terms before the 2006 season and Cowher resigned with one year left on his deal.

    Often, those contract extensions came well before the start of training camp, and as Tomlin's fourth camp at Saint Vincent College approached its July 30 start with no news on a contract extension, speculation took hold as to whether the Steelers even wanted to negotiate one.

    Tomlin's 2009 team failed to defend its Super Bowl title when, after a 6-2 start, it lost five in a row and tumbled to 9-7.

    There were reports shortly after the season that Tomlin would fire offensive coordinator Bruce Arians at the behest of the front office.

    While Tomlin did fire several coaches, he kept Arians. Tomlin and Art Rooney denied there were any pressure to fire Arians.

    There also has been speculation about football operations director Kevin Colbert's status because he is in the final year of his contract and because of persistent Internet reports that he would team up with Cowher as general manager of another NFL team. Cowher has not coached since 2006 and has worked as a studio host for CBS's "NFL Today" since the '07 season.

    Colbert is expected to receive a new contract as well.
    Last edited by Big T; 07-13-2010 at 04:04 AM.

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    He better put a better team on the field this year. One with a heart would be nice. They looked like crap last year, and made want my money back for my NFL Sunday ticket. Never have I been so pissed having to watch a team play with no pulse.
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    I like it. It actually gives him a little time to build a new team. I think most fans have been a little hard against Tomlin. We want him to create his own team, however we also want Playoffs and Superbowls every year. Those two things does not go hand in hand. If we want Tomlin to create his own team with his own philosophy, then we'll have to take a few seasons where we may not reach the playoffs. Now hes got a few years to show everyone that he knows what to do as a coach, even when it gets tough!

    I love how they are working on Colbert as well!
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    this is good for the team.. go tomlin. where is the bruce arians contract extension? hmm... this is even better for the team.

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    great for Tomlin, he has done more in three years than Cowher did in his 1st three years.

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    Good. I hope Tomlin stays with this team for a long time as long as he continues to do great things. A line of great coaches..Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher, Mike Tomlin

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    Good news !! we'll see how it goes as long as he keeps improving he should stay !!

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    Don't care either way to be honest. He lost the team and focus last year, lets hope we get back to form this season....

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    3 years is fair, im glad it wasnt like an 8 year deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    3 years is fair, im glad it wasnt like an 8 year deal
    Yeah I agree, 3 years is decent extention at this point. Considering the subpar year last year and all the drama surrounding this offseason with Ben and Santonio, this coming season will be important to Tomlin's future. His draft picks need to step up, especially the day 2 guys, they need to make an impact and stop this merry go round of musical draft picks who get canned before the preseason is over.

    This team is getting to the point where they need to have guys step up because Aaron Smith, Polamalu, and Hampton aren't getting any younger.

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