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From the Panthers: The Carolina Panthers announced today that head coach Ron Rivera has signed a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season.

“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 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.”

Under Rivera, the Panthers record has improved in each of the last three seasons, including a 12-4 mark and NFC South title in 2013.

“The improvement of our team has been reflected in the progress of the record over the last three seasons under Ron and we look forward to building upon that foundation,” said Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson.

Rivera was named NFL 2013 Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America as well as several other organizations and is a candidate for the AP Coach of the Year.

“The team has shown improvement under Ron each year and he is deserving of the recognition that he has received for the 2013 season,” General Manager Dave Gettleman said. “We are pleased and excited with the continuity this extension brings.”

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