Steelers, coach Mike Tomlin agree to 1-year extension

Steelers, coach Mike Tomlin agree to 1-year extension

The Steelers and long-time coach Mike Tomlin agreed to terms on a new contract.

Tomlin, who was hired in January 2007, is now under contract through the 2021 season after signing a one-year extension, the team announced Thursday.

“I am pleased to announce we have extended Mike Tomlin’s contract through the 2021 season,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “Mike is one of the most successful head coaches in the National Football League, and we are confident in his leadership to continue to lead our team as we pursue our goal of winning another championship.”

The upcoming 2019 season will be Tomlin’s 13th with the Steelers. He’s just the third coach of the franchise since 1969, following Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher.

Tomlin has been to two Super Bowls and became the youngest coach in NFL history to win the championship when Pittsburgh defeated Arizona, 27-23, in Super Bowl 43.

The Steelers also have six AFC North Division titles under the 47-year-old Tomlin. 

“I am very appreciative of this contract extension and opportunity and want to thank Art Rooney II and everyone in the organization for the support in my first 12 seasons,” Tomlin said. “We have a goal of winning the organization’s seventh Super Bowl championship, and I couldn’t be more excited about this upcoming season.”

The Steelers bring young talent into the new year with breakout stars like running back James Conner, who took on a larger role last season in the absence of Le’Veon Bell during his contract holdout, and former Michigan standout Devin Bush Jr. The linebacker was 10th overall pick in this year’s draft and quickly made a good impression on his teammates during OTAs.