Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh has agreed in principle to a contract extension, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and others reported Saturday.
The team cannot yet officially confirm the extension, but will as soon as possible.
Harbaugh has one year remaining on his existing contract, and the team announced last month that Harbaugh and the Ravens were working on an extension.
Immediately after the Ravens’ season ended, Harbaugh said he had every expectation that he would be remain in Baltimore.
“I have every expectation and every plan to be here as long as the Ravens want me here, and I believe they want me here. I think that’s been made clear by management to me over the last few weeks,” Harbaugh said.
“I love everybody in the organization. It’s great people. I expect to go forward with that as long as that’s what they want to do, and I do believe that’s what they want to do. Let’s roll.”
The winningest coach in franchise history, Harbaugh (104-72) has been one of the NFL’s most successful coaches during his 11-year tenure. Baltimore has made the playoffs seven times under Harbaugh, including this season when the Ravens won the AFC North.
Among current NFL coaches, Harbaugh has the fourth-longest tenure in the league. His strong leadership was evident after the Ravens entered their bye week 4-5, riding a three-game losing streak. Baltimore responded by winning six of its last seven regular season games and finished 10-6 to overtake the Pittsburgh Steelers for the third division title of Harbaugh’s career.
Following the 2012 season, Harbaugh coached Baltimore to a 4-0 playoff run, capped by a victory in Super Bowl XLVII. Harbaugh has a 10-6 postseason record and reached the playoffs in each of his first five seasons. His 10 playoff wins are tied for the third-most by any head coach in NFL history since the 1970s merger.
Harbaugh has kept a steady hand through good times and difficult times, keeping the focus on team success. The Ravens made a difficult transition look seamless during their bye week, dramatically changing the offense when rookie Lamar Jackson replaced Joe Flacco as the starting quarterback.
Harbaugh is the only coach many Ravens have ever played for in the NFL, and during difficult times at midseason, support in the locker room for him never wavered.
“This team believes in him,” Ravens Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle said this season. “We have his back.”
Now Harbaugh’s successful tenure is expected to continue long-term, as the Ravens transition into a new front office era with General Manager Eric DeCosta, who officially began his new role last week.