Dianna Marie Russini reports that the Colts have in fact offered HC Chuck Pagano a one-year extension, but only at a modest increase in terms of salary.
According to Russini, Pagano wasn’t interested in accepting the minimal salary increase, which implies that he’s willing to play out his contract in the hope of securing a better offer from the Colts.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Colts are not expected to sign HC Chuck Pagano to a contract extension before the start of the 2015 season.
According to Rapoport, Pagano will play out the final year of his contract before the two sides consider an extension.
The Colts hired Pagano back in 2012. However, he unfortunately missed 12 games after being diagnosed with Leukemia.
Indianapolis has shown progress won 11 games in every year since they hired Pagano, including three playoff victories, so it is interesting to hear that they’re willing to make him a lame-duck coach entering the 2015 season.
The problem for the Colts and Pagano has been their defensive struggles. In fact, one of the main reasons Pagano was hired away from the Ravens was to fix their defensive unit, but even after spending a decent amount of money on defensive upgrades, the results haven’t been up to expectations.
In the end, this could backfire on the Colts if Pagano is able to show even more improvement in 2015, which would leave him with a great of leverage to negotiate a contract extension.