TUESDAY, 9:44am: The extension locks up McCarthy through the 2018 season, confirms Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link).
MONDAY, 3:05pm: The Packers have reached an agreement with Mike McCarthy to extend the head coach’s contract, the team announced today in a press release. The new multiyear deal will lock McCarthy up beyond the 2015 season, when his previous contract had been scheduled to expire.
“We are very happy to extend our relationship with Mike,” said general manager Ted Thompson in a statement. “Over the past nine years, he’s provided great stability and consistency to the Packers organization and our community as an excellent coach and leader. He’s a good man and we look forward to the future with Mike as our head coach.”
McCarthy, who turns 51 next Monday, took over the Packers’ coaching job prior to the 2006 season, making him the fourth-longest-tenured head coach in the NFL. Since taking the reins, McCarthy has led the club to an 87-48-1 record in the regular season and a 6-5 playoff record in six postseason appearances, including a Super Bowl run in 2010.
We heard way back in May that the Packers and McCarthy had started working on an extension, and after the team announced a new contract for Thompson during training camp, it figured to be just a matter of time until McCarthy got his new deal as well. As Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com tweets, Thompson’s pact is believed to keep him under control through 2018, so McCarthy’s extension will likely cover the same period, which would mean it adds three new years to his previous contract.
Demovsky also notes (via Twitter) that McCarthy’s previous contract paid him more than $5MM annually. Financial terms for the new agreement have not been announced or reported, but I’d expect at least a modest raise for the Green Bay head coach.