Carolina Panthers closing in on an extension for Ron Rivera

Carolina Panthers closing in on an extension for Ron Rivera

Carolina Panthers closing in on an extension for Ron Rivera

Carolina is closing in on a contract extension for coach Ron Rivera, multiple sources say, one that will keep him in charge for the foreseeable future.

Asked Friday about a possible contract extension, Rivera said: "I think the biggest thing is everything that needs to happen or is going to happen will happen in time".

Rapoport also reported Rivera's extension would be the first significant move for new Panthers chief operating officer Tina Becker, who took over day-to-day operations of the franchise December 18.

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Richardson announced in December he would sell the Panthers when the season concludes, following a Sports Illustrated report of sexual and racial misconduct.

On the field, the Panthers have been fairly consistent outside of a disappointing 6-10 season a year ago.

The official said the Panthers are expected to announce Rivera's new deal Saturday, a day before the team faces the New Orleans Saints in the NFC wild-card round.

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Rivera oversaw an NFC-record 18-game regular-season winning streak that spanned the 2014 and 2015 seasons and led to Carolina's Super Bowl appearance in 2015, which they lost 24-10 to the Denver Broncos.

Former coach John Fox, who Rivera replaced, may be the winningest coach in franchise history with 78 total wins but his team's only made the playoffs three times.

Carolina ranked ninth in Football Outsiders' defense-adjusted value over average metric this season. "And I really appreciate the support we've gotten from our fans in the Carolinas".

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