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Sunday, February 28, 2010
Does Tomlin deserve a new deal?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote an interesting article Sunday on the contract status of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Dulac mentions the recent four-year extension for former Steelers assistant and current Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt puts a brighter spotlight on the fact Pittsburgh has yet to do the same with Tomlin.

Tomlin beat Whisenhunt in Super Bowl XLIII and, like Whisenhunt, Tomlin has two playoff appearances in three years. Tomlin also has four more regular-season victories (31) than Whisenhunt (27) but one less playoff win.

It's unknown at this point if the Steelers will enter negotiations with Tomlin this offseason. The team has been hesitant to discuss those matters publicly while preparing for the draft and free agency.

Tomlin is signed through 2011. So perhaps this matter isn't as pressing as other coaches -- like Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals -- entering the final year of their deals.

But I agree with Dulac that Arizona's insistence to work out an extension with Whisenhunt after three years might raise some questions if Pittsburgh doesn't do the same.