Panthers extend Rivera's contract Tuesday

Panthers extend Rivera's contract Tuesday

The Carolina Panthers gave Ron Rivera a three-year extension on Tuesday.

Rivera initially signed a four-year contract and was headed into the final year of his contract in 2014. He looked like a dead-man walking when the Panthers lost to the Bills in Week 4, but an 11-1 run to close the season and a playoff berth obviously changed things.

"I have been very clear about how much I have enjoyed living in Charlotte and working for this organization," said Rivera. "I very much appreciate the support and confidence Mr. Richardson and (general manager) Dave Gettleman have shown in me and our staff. Any success we have enjoyed is the result of a team effort by players, coaches, scouts and the entire organization, and our ultimate goal remains winning the Super Bowl."

Rivera won six games in 2011 (his first year), seven games in 2012 and 12 last season. He survived a change in general managers, when Dave Gettleman was hired to replace Marty Hurney, the man who hired Rivera.

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