Carolina Panthers closing in on an extension for Ron Rivera

Tricia Pearson
January 8, 2018

The Carolina Panthers have handed head coach Ron Rivera a two-year contract extension through the 2020 season.

After Jerry Richardson announced his decision to sell the team, he named Tina Becker Chief Operating Officer to stabilize the business side of the organization. Financial terms were not released.

Rivera is in his seventh season as the Panthers' head coach and has a 64-47-1 record and guided the team to the Super Bowl in the 2015 season.

Rivera has been coach since 2011 and during that time has brought the Panthers to one Super Bowl appearance and three NFC South titles. Per Blackmon, the two-year extension is worth $15.5 million, which is a pretty penny unless your name is Jon Gruden.

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During a period of uncertainty in Carolina, the Panthers have made things a little more certain. Carolina has earned four playoff berths over the past five seasons under Rivera, tied for the most in the NFC over that span. It's unclear if the new owners will keep the team in Charlotte.

Carolina is 64-47-1 in regular season games under Rivera, whose.576 winning percentage is the best in team history and seventh-best in the National Football League over the last seven years.

The Panthers have yet to record consecutive winning seasons in franchise history leading to a bit of fan disappointment in a lack of consistency with Rivera and Fox previously. Carolina is ranked seventh in defense this season.

"This is a tremendous place with tremendous support from ownership and the people that work in the organization", Rivera said. Another milestone for Rivera to check off his list in the coming year as the Panthers most successful coach ever. The Chicago Bears, for whom Rivera both played and coached, are among the teams searching.

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