With all the hype surrounding Wallace and his contract situation, Tomlin's deal is soon coming to an end as well. The Rooney's never make a big deal about coaches contracts in the media, they just get them done, announce it and move on with life.
ESPN reports on Tuesday via Ron Cook of the PG that we should look for a deal for Tomlin to get done sometime in training camp but if that doesn't happen it could begin raising some questions as to the future of Coach T in Pittsburgh?
When it comes to contract talks with the Pittsburgh Steelers, all the talk focuses on wide receiver Mike Wallace. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook suggests another priority -- coach Mike Tomlin.
He is signed through this season with a team option for the 2013 season, according to the Steelers' official website.
"It seems likely there will be an announcement -- quietly, of course, with no fanfare -- of an extension for Tomlin before camp," Cook wrote. "But if it doesn't happen before the start of the season in September, it will be reason for great concern. Bill Cowher led the Steelers to a win in Super Bowl XL after the 2005 season but didn't get an extension that offseason when he had two years left on his contract. After coaching the team in '06, he was gone. What a shame it would be if Tomlin left."
Hensley's slant: Tomlin deserves an extension and should continue to rank among the highest-paid coaches in sports. He's currently eighth with an annual salary of $5.8 million. He is only one of seven coaches in league history to win a Super Bowl in his first two seasons as an NFL head coach and became only the sixth to win at least nine games in each of his first five seasons since the 1970 merger. (George Seifert, Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher, Chuck Knox and Mike Sherman were the others.)