Ravens sign Harbaugh to extension through 2016
The Ravens got quarterback Joe Flacco, who was slated for unrestricted free agency, under contract early in the offseason, giving him a hefty payday to ensure that the reigning Super Bowl MVP stayed in Baltimore.
That left them with head coach John Harbaugh. Though he is considered by many to be the inferior coach to his brother, Jim, John has done plenty to prove that he is one of the game's top head coaches. He has won a playoff game in each of his first five seasons with the team, and put a cherry on top by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
Harbaugh had two years left on his contract, keeping him in Baltimore through the 2014 season, but Newsome obviously felt that he did not want to take the slightest risk of letting his Super Bowl winning coach get away.
It was reported Thursday - just two hours before their season opener - that the Ravens signed Harbaugh to a two-year contract extension that will keep him under contract through the 2016 season. It's actually more of a new contract than an extension, as the new deal will replace the two years left on Harbaugh's previous contract, but call it whatever you want. The deal is expected to pay Harbaugh $7 million per year. According to Pro Football Talk, the only coaches making more money than Harbaugh are Sean Payton (Saints), Bill Belichick (Patriots), and Andy Reid (Chiefs).
It's a nice signing for the Ravens, who will keep one of the game's great motivators on their sidelines for the next four years.