Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers have reached out to HC Ron Rivera regarding a contract extension that would keep him in Carolina for the foreseeable future.
Person mentions that the Panthers could offer Rivera a one-year extension so that he doesn’t enter the 2014 season as a “lame-duck” coach.
Rivera, 52, signed a four-year contract worth $11.2 million with the Panthers back in 2011. His tenure started off pretty rocky as he led them to a 13-19 record during his first two seasons in Carolina, which was highlighted by the fact that they were 2-12 in one-score games.
This season, Rivera managed to not only get the into the playoffs, but helped them secure the No. 2 overall seed while finishing with a 12-4 regular-season record.
Rivera was voted the Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America and is also in contention for the Associated Press Coach of the Year award as well.
We’ll have more regarding a possible extension for Rivera as the news is available.