Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert are due contract extensions
March 7, 2017 9:34 AM
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert both signed contract extensions in 2015 and could sign new ones this offseason.
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Two of the most important decisions the Steelers will make on contracts do not include players as the NFL gears up for the start of free agency Thursday.
The decisions will come on the top two men who make the call on those players: coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert.
They are both due contract extensions, and though there is no indication Steelers president Art Rooney II is talking to either about new deals, that normally does not occur until the summer.
Tomlin has two years left on a contract extension he received in July 2015. Colbert is about to enter the final full year of his contract that would take him through the 2018 draft. The Steelers also signed him to a two-year extension in July 2015 — two days after Tomlin signed his extension — as he entered his last year under contract.
Both rank among the most successful at their positions in the league.
Tomlin’s current contract reportedly puts him among the best-paid coaches in the NFL, pegged to be around $7 million to $8 million annually. His teams have appeared in two Super Bowls, winning one, reached three AFC championship games and earned playoff berths in seven of his 10 seasons as coach. They have not had a losing record in that time.
After missing the playoffs in 2012 and 2013 with identical 8-8 records, the Steelers made the playoffs the past three seasons and reached the AFC championship in January before losing to New England, which went on to win the Super Bowl.
The Steelers have the third-best record in the NFL at 103-57 since Tomlin, who turns 45 March 15, became their coach in 2007.
Colbert, 60, joined the Steelers in 2000 as their director of football operations. He became their first general manager in 2010. The Steelers have been to three Super Bowls and won two under Colbert, a graduate of North Catholic High School and Robert Morris University.
The Steelers have made the playoffs in 11 of Colbert’s 17 seasons as their player personnel chief.
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