Will Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin be offered a contract extension between now and the start of the regular season? Steelers team president Art Rooney II was asked on Wednesday during his annual end-of-the-season season with members of the local media if there are currently any plans to get Tomlin signed to a new deal during the offseason and according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, he said that topic could be addressed later during the offseason.
On a Mike Tomlin contract extension, Art Rooney II said, "those are things we get to later in the offseason. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it." Tomlin typically extended every few years.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 16, 2019
“Those are things we get to do sort of later in the offseason, so we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” Rooney said.
Currently, Tomlin has two years remaining on the contract extension that he signed in August of 2017 which means that it won’t expire until after the 2020 season. In past years, Tomlin has signed a new extension two years out and thus that’s why Rooney was asked that question on Wednesday.
The Steelers failed to make the playoffs in 2018 and that’s the first time that’s happened since 2013 when the team went 8-8. Earlier in his Wednesday interview, Rooney was asked to evaluate Tomlin’s performance this past season.
“I have to say, when you miss the playoffs nobody gets absolved; coaches, players, scouts, front office, Rooney said according to Will Graves of the Associated Press. “So, I think everybody knows we have to be better including Mike [Tomlin]. There’s no disagreements in the organization about that. We all need to be better.”
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"I have to say that when you miss the playoffs nobody gets absolved, coaches, players, scouts, front office, so I think everybody knows we need to be better, including Mike and there's no disagreements in the organization about that. We all need to do better."
— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) January 16, 2019