12:21pm: With the extension, Tomlin will now be among the top five highest-paid coaches in the NFL and all sports, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (via Twitter).
8:57am: The Steelers have extended head coach Mike Tomlin‘s contract by two years, locking him up through the 2018 season, the team announced today in a press release. Tomlin’s deal had previously been set to expire after the 2016 season, so the new pact gives him a little more long-term security in Pittsburgh.
“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,” Tomlin said in a statement. “These past nine years in Pittsburgh have been a wonderful experience for my family, and I look forward to pursuing what is the Steelers’ goal every year – bringing another Super Bowl championship to the City of Pittsburgh.”
Tomlin’s extension continues the Steelers’ tradition of coaching stability — the franchise has only had three head coaches since Chuck Noll assumed the role in 1969, with Bill Cowher taking over for Noll in 1992, and Tomlin replacing Cowher in 2007.
Since becoming the head coach in Pittsburgh, Tomlin has an 82-46 record in the regular season, and has led the team to five playoff berths. The Steelers were Super Bowl champions in the 2008 season, and fell just short two years later, losing Super Bowl XLV to the Packers.
In an era that features plenty of turnover in the coaching ranks, Tomlin is the sixth-longest-tenured head coach in the NFL. Only Bill Belichick (Patriots), Marvin Lewis (Bengals), Tom Coughlin (Giants), Mike McCarthy (Packers), and Sean Payton (Saints) have been with their respective teams longer than Tomlin has been with the Steelers.