New Pittsburgh deal for Mike Tomlin

The Pittsburgh Steelers extend Mike Tomlin's contract

Steelers beat writer Gerry Dulac is reporting that the team has signed head coach Mike Tomlin to a contract extension.

Pittsburgh traditionally extends its coaches' deals before they have to work through a "contract year".

When the Steelers hired Tomlin in 2007 to replace Bill Cowher, he was the youngest coach in the NFL. "We appreciate the leadership that Mike has provided over the last 10 seasons, and we are confident and excited to have him continue to lead our team as we focus on winning another championship", said Steelers president Art Rooney II in a statement.

The Steelers seek to continue their standard by keeping Tomlin in charge for the next four seasons, and perhaps, as long as he'd like. He's also led Pittsburgh to five AFC North championships, two AFC Championships and a victory in Super Bowl 43.

"I truly appreciate this contract extension, and I want to thank Art Rooney II for his support as well as everyone within the organization", Tomlin said. My first ten years in Pittsburgh have been an wonderful experience for me and my family.

Tomlin is entering his 11th season at the helm with the Steelers.

In 10 seasons, the Hampton native and Denbigh high alum has compiled a record of 103-57, including one Super Bowl win in two appearances. He reached 100 wins faster than any coach in franchise history, although Noll did not have 16-game seasons until his 10th year running the Steelers. But with Tomlin having the third best record in the National Football League over the last 10 seasons, the team decided it was time to make the move a little early.

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