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Roethlisberger on Tomlin: 'I think he deserves to stay as long as he wants'

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The Steelers announced this morning that they've signed Mike Tomlin to a three-year contract extension, which will keep Tomlin as the Steelers' head coach through at least the 2024 season.

After the news was announced, a series of tweets came out from current and former players who were happy to see that Tomlin received a three-year contract extension.

Several media members also reacted to Tomlin's contract extension and praised the Steelers' organization's commitment to stability at the head coach position, as they've had just three head coaches since 1969 -- Hall of Famers Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher, and currently Tomlin.

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, stability is why the Steelers gave Tomlin a three-year contract extension when he was in the final year of his deal and had an option year in 2022. Dulac also says the decision to extend Tomlin through at least the 2024 season comes at a time when the franchise has an unsettled future -- with longtime general manager Kevin Colbert on a year-to-year basis and Ben Roethlisberger assumably in his final season.

Roethlisberger texted Dulac that Tomlin should remain in Pittsburgh as long as he wishes.

“I think he deserves to stay as long as he wants," Roethlisberger said. "I think stability is huge and underrated in this game. He will go down as one of the greats.”

Tomlin has a 145-78-1 (.650) regular-season record, along with a Super Bowl title. His 145 regular-season wins also are tied for 21st overall in NFL history and are third-most among active NFL head coaches. Tomlin joined Marty Schottenheimer this past season as the only two head coaches in NFL history to have 14 consecutive non-losing seasons to begin their NFL careers. Tomlin is also the winningest minority head coach in NFL history.

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