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Baltimore Ravens Smartly Reward John Harbaugh With 4-Year Contract Extension

John Harbaugh

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The Baltimore Ravens and head coach John Harbaugh agreed to a four-year contract extension which will expire through the 2016 season, according to profootballtalk.com. It is well-deserved for the defending Super Bowl champion had coach. Harbaugh will be making nearly $7 million a season, as Bill Belichick, Sean Payton, and Andy Reid are the only coaches in the NFL who will make more than Harbaugh.

Harbaugh is the first head coach in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first five years, and make the playoffs in his first five years under the job. When you look at what the Ravens have accomplished since Harbaugh came to the team in 2008 — the team accumulating nine playoff wins over that time, with six of those wins being on the road — it is nothing short of impressive.

Over the years, many have speculated how much input Harbaugh had on the team with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed being the leaders. Harbaugh was looked upon by many on the outside looking in as a caretaker to the team, which was and still is not the case.

Harbaugh has brought stability from a regular season standpoint that the Ravens never really had. Before Harbaugh came to the team, the Ravens never made the playoffs three years in a row, and they would struggle at times against teams with losing records. Much of those problems have been erased with Harbaugh at the helm as he plans to finish the vision he installed with this team in 2008.

Wola Odeniran is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter at WolaOdeniran52, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google