Tomlin is 8th on highest-paid pro coach list

May, 17, 2012
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The Steelers' Mike Tomlin has proved to be one of the top coaches in the NFL, and he's getting paid like one.

With an annual salary of $5.8 million, he ranks tied for eighth on the list of highest-paid coaches in sports and tied for sixth among NFL coaches, according to Forbes. In terms of football, Tomlin is only behind the Patriots' Bill Belichick ($7.5 million), the Redskins' Mike Shanahan ($7 million), the Rams' Jeff Fisher ($7 million), the Seahawks' Pete Carroll ($7 million) and the Bears' Lovie Smith ($6 million). The Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt also makes $5.8 million.

Tomlin certainly deserves to be in this pay grade. He is only one of seven coaches in league history to win a Super Bowl in his first two seasons as an NFL head coach and became only the sixth to win at least nine games in each of his first five seasons since the 1970 merger (George Seifert, Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher, Chuck Knox and Mike Sherman were the others).

There's a good chance that Tomlin will move up on this list. His contract runs out after the 2012 season with an option for 2013.

None of the other AFC North coaches -- John Harbaugh, Marvin Lewis and Pat Shurmur -- made the top 10 list.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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