Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been negotiating terms of a contract extension that would keep him with the franchise beyond the two years that remain on his current deal, according to two sources close to the situation.
Terms of a potential deal were not disclosed and negotiations likely won't be finalized until after the 2009 season, but Pittsburgh is expected to keep the Super Bowl-winning coach on staff for a long time.
"Even if it doesn't get announced until after the season, both sides are very comfortable with the situation," a Steelers source said. "I think Mike feels very comfortable about what the Steelers are going to do for him. He's not out there hanging, not sure what's going to happen."
The Steelers, who opened the season Thursday night with a 13-10 overtime victory over the Tennessee Titans, make it policy not to negotiate contracts during the season. However, the club had been negotiating with Tomlin since the franchise's record sixth Super Bowl title in February.
Tomlin, in his third season on the job, is under contract through 2010. He has an option for the 2011 season, but has already met all the undisclosed thresholds to opt out of the deal that year.
The Steelers normally like to have their coaches do extensions with two years remaining on their deal. However, that's not hard-and-fast policy.
In two years, Tomlin has compiled a 26-11 record, including playoffs. The Steelers were the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs last year and hosted the conference title game after top-seed Tennessee lost in the divisional round. Tomlin, 37, became the youngest coach ever to win a Super Bowl as a result of the team's win over the Arizona Cardinals.
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