Mike Tomlin has to be breathing a sigh of relief these days as the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2012 season, with an option for 2013, according to the Associated Press.
The extension is not surprising since Tomlin, in his third year at the Steelers’ helm, is 31-17, with the only blemish being that the Steelers missed the playoff last season.
According to team president Art Rooney II:
“Mike Tomlin has proven to be one of the top head coaches in the National Football League in a relatively short time.”
“His unique ability to lead the team and motivate individuals have been key factors in our success.”
The extension calls for Tomlin to earn roughly twice the $2.5 million he made annually when he took over from Bill Cowher. Interestingly enough, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette incorrectly reported on July 13 that Tomlin had sign a three-year extension through the 2014 season.