Less than an hour before the 2013 season begins, news broke that coach John Harbaugh has agreed to a new four-year contract with the Ravens.
The deal was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Harbaugh had two years left on his existing deal, but got a significant raise on those remaining seasons and extended the contract by two years. He will be paid about $7 million per season for each of the next four years, according to Pro Football Talk, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in the league.
Harbaugh, 50, couldn’t be much more deserving after a remarkable first five years as an NFL head coach. The Ravens have gone 54-26 since he took over in 2008, qualifying for the postseason in each of his five seasons, winning at least one playoff game each year and most recently, winning Super Bowl XLVII in February.
It’s not like Harbaugh’s future was in question before, but the team now had him locked up through the 2016 season.