Carolina Panthers closing in on an extension for Ron Rivera

Lynette Rowe
January 7, 2018

The Carolina Panthers have given coach Ron Rivera a 2-year contract extension, according to ESPN, citing a team official.

The two sides are deep in talks and an extension should be completed soon, multiple sources told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Saturday.

Rivera has one year remaining on his existing contract, so the new deal keeps him with the Panthers through the 2020 season.

"I think the biggest thing is everything that needs to happen or is going to happen will happen in time". Panthers president Danny Morrison resigned previous year and general manager Dave Gettleman was sacked on the eve of training camp by team owner Jerry Richardson.

Last month, Richardson said he would put the team up for sale at the end of the 2017 season. The team will go up for sale at season's end in the midst of an National Football League investigation into allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior by owner Jerry Richardson. Carolina, which will play at New Orleans on Sunday in a wild-card game, has been to the playoffs four times in the past five seasons.

Carolina Panthers closing in on an extension for Ron Rivera

If Carolina and coach Rivera hope to extend their season, nearly flawless play will be needed in all three phases of the game - offense, defense and special teams.

So Rivera will still have to impress the Panthers' next owner or else he'll be out, new contract or not. Carolina reached its second Super Bowl but lost to the Denver Broncos.

On the field, the Panthers have been fairly consistent outside of a disappointing 6-10 season a year ago.

Rivera also led Carolina to three consecutive divisional championships, the first NFC South team to accomplish even back-to-back titles.

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