The extension would be the first major move for Tina Becker, the Panthers' chief operating officer who has taken over for owner Jerry Richardson after he stepped away amid an investigation into alleged workplace misconduct. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team didn't release financial details of the contract. He has guided Carolina to a Super Bowl appearance, three NFC South titles and four playoff appearances. Per Blackmon, the two-year extension is worth $15.5 million, which is a pretty penny unless your name is Jon Gruden.
"What's decided, we'll see", Rivera said earlier this week when asked about a possible extension.
During a period of uncertainty in Carolina, the Panthers have made things a little more certain. Both lost a Super Bowl but Rivera is in a rare position, getting the Panthers to the playoffs four times in five years. They are making their fourth playoff appearance in Rivera's seven years at the helm.
The Panthers are 11-5 this season and have earned a playoff birth.
With Carolina, Rivera has compiled a 64-47-1 regular season record, giving him a franchise-best.576 winning percentage as head coach. Carolina is ranked seventh in defense this season. The Panthers set a new franchise record by going 20 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard individual rusher. "And I really appreciate the support we've gotten from our fans in the Carolinas".
The Panthers have developed plenty of stars under Rivera.
Before joining the Panthers, Rivera was an assistant coach with the San Diego Chargers (2007-10), Chicago Bears (2004-06, 1997-98) and Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2003).