PITTSBURGH — The NFL’s longest-tenured head coach isn’t leaving Pittsburgh anytime soon.

The Steelers signed Mike Tomlin to a three-year extension Monday that will carry through at least the 2027 season. Tomlin was about to enter the final year of the deal he agreed to in April 2021.

Tomlin, 52, is 173-100-2 since taking over for Hall of Famer Bill Cowher in 2007. Tomlin has yet to endure a losing season and despite speculation late last season he was considering taking time off, he remains intent on trying to help the Steelers stay in the mix in a highly competitive AFC.

“I am appreciative for this contract extension and thankful for (owner) Art Rooney II for his support during my first 17 years in Pittsburgh,” Tomlin said in a statement. “We are continuing to work diligently to get back to where we belong — sustained playoff success with the ultimate goal of winning the franchise’s seventh Lombardi Trophy.”

Pittsburgh is coming off an eventful 10-7 season that ended with a first-round playoff loss to Buffalo. Tomlin was asked in the immediate aftermath about his future and rather than answer, abruptly stormed off the podium.

A few days later the relentlessly energetic Tomlin hardly sounded like someone on the verge of burnout, stressing he was “on go” as he looked to 2024 and beyond.

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“I coach football, that’s what I do,” Tomlin said in January. “I’m respectful of the position that I hold. I have no sense of entitlement in terms of what I do. I’ve just got a high level of respect for what we all do in this space, and I try to earn it daily.”

While Pittsburgh has been consistently competitive under Tomlin, the franchise also hasn’t won a postseason game since the divisional round of the 2016 playoffs, an eight-year drought that marks the club’s longest since the “Immaculate Reception” in 1972.

Tomlin’s decision to stick around extends an unmatched level of continuity atop an organization that’s had just three head coaches since 1969. Yet the Steelers have also made a series of moves of late that suggest the team is no longer content on merely being in the mix in mid-January.

In the past year alone, Tomlin fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada in midseason, the team’s first in-season dismissal of a high-level coach since World War II.

Pittsburgh spent the offseason completely overhauling its quarterback room, signing Russell Wilson in free agency, trading away Kenny Pickett and acquiring Justin Fields from Chicago.

BEARS: Chicago brought back veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis, re-signing him to a one-year contract.

Lewis played in 17 games for Chicago last season, finishing with four receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown. He returns to a tight end room that also includes Cole Kmet and Gerald Everett, who agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract in March as a free agent.

The Bears haven’t had a winning record since going 12-4 in 2018, but are hoping to take a step forward this season after taking quarterback Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Lewis, 40, has played in 268 games in 18 seasons. If he appears in four games this season, he will pass Jason Witten for the most for a tight end. If he plays in at least 15 games, he will have the fourth-highest total for a non-quarterback or specialist, trailing wide receiver Jerry Rice (303), offensive lineman Bruce Matthews (296) and cornerback Darrell Green (295).


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