Report: Ron Rivera, Panthers begin contract extension talks
The Carolina Panthers have approached third-year head coach Ron Rivera about a contract extension, The Charlotte Observer’s Joseph Person reported Sunday, citing a league source.
The 52-year-old Rivera guided the Panthers to their best season in five years. They finished 12-4, good for second in the NFC and the NFC South division title. Carolina disappointed in the playoffs, losing its Divisional Round game at home to the San Francisco 49ers after a bye week.
Rivera has one more season remaining on the four-year, $11.2 million deal he signed with the organization before the 2011 season. Person reported that a long-term extension — rather than just a one-year extension to take away Rivera’s lame-duck status — seems “more likely.”
The Panthers have improved each season under Rivera’s tenure, following the progression of third-year quarterback Cam Newton.
The Panthers’ front office has a plethora of work ahead of it this offseason, with no less than 15 Panthers set to become unrestricted free agents.