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Thursday, September 5, 2013
John Harbaugh gets new contract

By Adam Schefter
ESPN

As the NFL season gets underway, coach John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a new multiyear contract, according to an NFL source.

The new contract replaces the two years left on Harbaugh's previous deal, the source said. NBC Sports reported that the deal is for four years and worth nearly $7 million per season.

Throughout the offseason, Baltimore has wanted to get a new deal wrapped up for Harbaugh, who helped lead the Ravens to last season's Super Bowl championship. At some time well in advance of Thursday night's regular-season opener in Denver between the Broncos and Ravens, Baltimore and Harbaugh finalized their deal, the source said.

Harbaugh becomes the newest AFC North head coach to land a lucrative deal. Last summer, the Pittsburgh Steelers extended coach Mike Tomlin's contract three years through the 2016 season. At the same time, the Cincinnati Bengals announced a contract extension for head coach Marvin Lewis that runs through the 2014 season.

Harbaugh's previous deal was a three-year extension worth about $12 million, and it was scheduled to run through the 2014 season.