Mike Tomlin Signs 2-Year Extension With Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted: Jul 24 2015, 7:00am CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News


Mike Tomlin Signs 2-Year Extension With Pittsburgh Steelers
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  • The Pittsburgh Steelers signed head coach Mike Tomlin to a two-year contract extension on July 23.

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed head coach Mike Tomlin to a two-year contract extension on July 23. Financial terms were not disclosed, but multiple reports say Tomlin could be earning as much as $8 million per season in his new deal.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed head coach Mike Tomlin to a two-year contract extension. 

According to a July 23 press release on Steelers.com, the new deal will keep Tomlin in Pittsburgh through the 2018 NFL season. 

Steelers president Art Rooney told the Steelers' official website he is happy to have Tomlin on board once again:

"I am pleased to announce we have extended Mike Tomlin's contract through the 2018 season. 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."

For his part, Tomlin told Steelers.com the goal has always been to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy:

"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. These past nine years in Pittsburgh have been a wonderful experience for my family, and I look forward to pursuing what is the Steeler's goal every year -- brining another Super Bowl championship to the city of Pittsburgh."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette estimates Tomlin could be making as much as $7 million in 2015 and $8 million in the next three years of his deal. 

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler confirms Bouchette's estimate, saying the new contract is "worth at least $7 million per season." That makes Tomlin one of the five highest-paid coaches in the NFL. 

The Steelers traditionally dangle an extension to their coach when he still has two years left on his deal. This is also the case with Pittsburgh quarterbacks, per Bouchette. 

The only time this tradition did not materialize was in 2006 when former head coach Bill Cowher was unable to come to terms with the Steelers on a new deal. He eventually resigned with a year left on his contract and became a renowned NFL analyst, per The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

During Cowher's last year as an NFL head coach in 2006, Tomlin served as the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. 

When the Steelers hired Tomlin that year, they were coming off an 8-8 season. Tomlin guided then to a 10-6 finish and an AFC North division title the season after, per Bouchette.

Tomlin continued the Steelers' resurgence in 2008, steering them to a 12-4 record and their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy -- the most in NFL history -- when they beat the upstart Arizona Cardinals, 27-23, in Super Bowl XLIII. 

The win made Tomlin the youngest ever NFL head coach to win a Super Bowl title at age 36, per The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

Two years later, Pittsburgh made another Super Bowl appearance after another 12-4 campaign but lost to the Green Bay Packers, 31-25, in the game's 45th edition, per Pro-Football-Reference.com

The Steelers stumbled to two consecutive 8-8 seasons in 2012 and 2013 before rebounding to finish 11-5 in 2014. Despite the team's bout with mediocrity in recent seasons, it has never had a losing season under Tomlin's guidance, per Bouchette. 

Tomlin's tenure is the sixth-longest in the NFL behind the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, the Cincinnati Bengals' Marvin Lewis, the Green Bay Packers' Mike McCarthy and the New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton, per Fowler. 

During Tomlin's eight-year career as Steelers head coach, he has amassed an overall win-loss record of 82-46 (.641). Fowler stresses that's the best start for the franchise in that span.

Despite entering his ninth year calling the shots for Pittsburgh, Tomlin remains one of the league's youngest coaches at age 43, per Bouchette. 

Tomlin, who has coached 45 Pittsburgh players who made it to the Pro Bowl, figures to be in the Steelers' plans for the long haul. He is just their third head coach since 1969 following Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher, per Fowler. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette udpdate says Noll coached the Steelers for a total of 23 seasons while Cowher coached 15. 

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.




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