The Carolina Panthers and head coach Ron Rivera are discussing an extension, according to Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer.
Rivera currently earns north of $4 million a year, but his contract is set to expire after the 2017 season. Given how he led the Panthers to a 15-1 record in 2015 without top receiver Kelvin Benjamin and got as far as the Super Bowl, he is more than worthy of an extension even if Carolina did lose to the Denver Broncos 24-10.
Rivera has been head coach in Carolina since 2011, when he took over for longtime coach John Fox, and he has gone 47-32-1 in the years since. Rivera has also gone 3-3 in the postseason and has led the Panthers to three straight NFC South crowns. More importantly, he has molded the Panthers’ defense into one of the most dangerous ones in the league and has turned quarterback Cam Newton into the NFL MVP.
Simply put, a new deal is going to be struck. It’s just a matter of when.
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