Panthers sign Ron Rivera to two-year extension

Carolina Panthers close to new deal for coach Ron Rivera, according to sources

Ron Rivera received an early birthday present on Saturday - a two-year contract extension worth a reported $15.5 million.

The Panthers are 11-5 this season and have earned a playoff birth.

The Panthers finished the 2017 regular season with the same record as the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, and the teams will meet in an NFC Wild Card Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. In 2016, Rivera signed a three-year, $19.5 million extension through 2018. "That's a big reason why I want to continue my association with this organization". In seven seasons with the Panthers, Rivera has shown a distinct capability to ensure his teams are prepared and ready for play, especially when considered the underdog.

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.

Carolina Panthers close to new deal for coach Ron Rivera, according to sources
Report: Panthers sign Ron Rivera to two-year extension worth $15.5 million

Rivera oversaw an NFC-record 18-game regular-season winning streak that spanned the 2014 and 2015 seasons and led to Carolina's Super Bowl appearance in 2015, which they lost 24-10 to the Denver Broncos.

Locking up Rivera does provide some stability going forward for the Panthers, who owner Jerry Richardson said he will sell after being accused of workplace misconduct this season.

Brought to Carolina for his defensive expertise, Rivera helped the Panthers put together four consecutive top 10 finishes in yards allowed from 2012-15, joining Seattle as the only teams to accomplish the feat, and guided the Panthers to a seventh-place finish this season.

Previously, Rivera was an assistant coach with the San Diego Chargers from 2007-2010, the Chicago Bears from 2004-2006 and 1997-1998, and the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003.

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