Monday, February 14, 2011
Ravens extend coach John Harbaugh
By James Walker
The Baltimore Ravens are wasting little time getting to business this offseason. After extending both their kicker and punter to long-term deals, Baltimore did the same Monday with head coach John Harbaugh, who reached an agreement for three additional seasons through 2014.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the total value of Harbaugh's extension is $12 million. He had one year remaining on his original deal, which means the 2012-14 seasons are valued at $4 million per season.
This is a smart move by the Ravens. Harbaugh was a relative unknown in 2008 when Baltimore hired him as a former secondary and longtime special teams coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. But Harbaugh quickly instilled discipline and kept Baltimore's winning tradition going with three consecutive playoff appearances.
Harbaugh is 32-16 in the regular season and has won at least one playoff game each year. In 2008, Baltimore advanced to the AFC Championship Game and lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens were 12-4 this season and also lost to Pittsburgh in the playoffs at Heinz Field during the divisional round.
Baltimore has been active this offseason. In addition to extending Harbaugh, the Ravens also signed Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff and standout punter Sam Koch to five-year extensions.
With Harbaugh's contract in the books, the Ravens can now focus their full attention on Pro Bowl defensive lineman and pending free agent Haloti Ngata, who is due to become one of the NFL's highest-paid players at his position.