CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NFL's reigning coach of the year is now among the league's highest-paid coaches.
The Panthers' Ron Rivera received a one-year contract extension that will pay him more than $6 million a year, the Charlotte Observer reported Thursday. Rivera, who led the Panthers to a 17-2 record and a Super Bowl berth last season, is under contract through the 2018 season.
The deal was done quietly this spring and was not announced by the team, the newspaper said.
Rivera's contract puts him among the top 10 highest-paid coaches, with Packers' Mike McCarthy, Cardinals' Bruce Arians and Cowboys' Jason Garrett in the $6 million range. Seahawks' Pete Carroll ($8 million-plus), Saints' Sean Payton ($8 million) and Patriots' Bill Belichick ($7.5 million) are the top-earning coaches, according to reports.
LB MILLER: WON'T PLAY UNDER FRANCHISE TAG: Broncos linebacker Von Miller said there is "no chance" he would play this season under the franchise tag. "I love my Teammates, Coaches, and My Fans," he wrote on Instagram, "but there is 'No Chance' I play the 2016 season under the Franchise tag." He turned down the team's six-year, $114.5 million offer last week, including $58.5 million in guaranteed money. If Miller and the Broncos can't agree to a long-term deal by July 15, he will either play under a one-year franchise tag and earn $14.1 million or he won't play.
Ravens: Coach John Harbaugh said the decision to release oft-injured left tackle Eugene Monroe was football-related and had nothing to do with Monroe's advocacy of medical marijuana as a prescribed painkiller in the NFL. Monroe, released Wednesday, started 17 of 34 games in his two Ravens seasons. He signed a five-year, $37.5 million deal in 2014. He said on Twitter that he would continue his push for medical marijuana.
Steelers: Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey says a broken leg suffered in the preseason caused him to miss the regular season because he developed a staph infection in a surgical wound, ended up having seven surgeries and also had an E. coli infection. "It was scary," the former Gator told ESPN. Pouncey said he is healthy and ready to play.