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Philadelphia Eagles pick up Doug Pederson’s fifth-year extension

Doug Pederson extension

Back in 2016, the Eagles signed Doug Pederson to a four-year contract that included a fifth-year option. Pederson’s hiring was considered one of the worst, if not the worst, hiring of the 2016 offseason.

It is funny how times have changed. Now Pederson is the first head coach to ever win a Super Bowl with the Eagles. Many consider him a top coach in the NFL. In addition, now that his fifth-year option is picked up, Pederson will not have to worry about contract negotiations for yet another year. Even so, contract negotiations with coaches are usually fairly tame as they do not count against the salary cap of a team.

Pederson is now signed for at least 3 more years

Doug Pederson extension
Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson (Photo by AP Photo/Gary Landers)

This extension is really a win-win. The Eagles’ brass does not have to worry about the coaching position for another year. Plus, Pederson does not have to worry about his contract status. There really was not much doubt that barring a huge catastrophe, he would still be with Philadelphia in 2020.

He has done an excellent job leading the team. He has covered up the team’s weak spots with great scheming and playcalling. It is really a credit to him that he was able to win a Super Bowl in his second year as the head coach, especially with so many injuries.

Remember that at the end of last season, the Eagles were down an MVP-caliber quarterback, as well as an All-Pro left tackle, their starting middle linebacker, Darren Sproles and starting kicker Caleb Sturgis. Yet, through Pederson’s coaching, as well as the depth on the roster, Philadelphia overcame all of these losses to win the Super Bowl.


Featured image from Philadelphia Inquirer

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