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John Harbaugh’s Extension Underscores 14-Year Consistency

  • The new contract will keep him in Baltimore through 2025.
  • Harbaugh is the third-longest-tenured head coach in the NFL.
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The longest-tenured and most successful head coach in Ravens history will be around for a while longer.

On Tuesday, Baltimore signed John Harbaugh to a three-year extension through the 2025 season, per multiple reports.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Harbaugh’s reported $9 million salary was fourth in the NFL last season (Sean Payton, whose $9.8M was the third-highest, retired).

Entering his 15th season with the Ravens, Harbaugh is the third-longest-tenured head coach behind Bill Belichick (23) and Mike Tomlin (16) — and his knack for consistent winning is an increasingly rare commodity in the modern NFL.

  • Baltimore has made the playoffs in nine of 14 seasons under Harbaugh — with only two losing campaigns.
  • He holds the all-time record for most road playoff wins (8).
  • The 2019 AP Coach of the Year has won a Super Bowl and four AFC North titles.

Even the Ravens’ 8-9, division-worst 2021 was arguably a Harbaugh accomplishment. Baltimore had to place 25 players on injured reserve, losing its top three running backs and All-Pro CB Marcus Peters before the season even started; QB Lamar Jackson also missed five games.

After locking in their head coach, the Ravens’ next task will be locking in the franchise quarterback — though they may have to wait until next offseason.

Harbaugh will have a chance to bounce back in a relatively wide-open AFC North this season: Baltimore (+225) has the third-best odds to win it behind Cleveland (+175) and Cincinnati (+200).

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