Just minutes before the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens take the field in defense of their title, there are reports that they’ve locked up their head coach for years to come.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter posted this Tweet on Thursday night, breaking the news about the Ravens and John Harbaugh:
Baltimore HC John Harbaugh and Ravens have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, per NFL sources. More on ESPN2.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2013
Given the obvious success of Harbaugh, this is not a surprise by any means. However, the timing is a bit interesting, and it is probably more likely that Schefter just broke the story rather than the deal actually being agreed on this evening.
The 50-year-old Harbaugh had 2 years left on his original contract, but this deal (rumored to be in the $7 million range by PFT’s Mike Florio) is likely to take him into the stratosphere of head coaching salaries. In addition to the Super Bowl ring from last year, Harbaugh has a very solid 54-26 record over 5 seasons, coupled with a 9-4 mark in the playoffs.
It remains to be seen whether this particular group of Ravens is capable of defending the title with vigor. However, the organization is unquestionably in good hands going forward, and it appears that the front office recognizes their good fortune.