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Analysis: Comparisons show Tomlin deserves extension

Mike Tomlin's salary situation is one that leaves few people sitting on the fence. People either think Tomlin is doing a good job or they think he's long past his expiration date and should have been fired.

Fact is, however, it's a multi-layered situation with Tomlin's contract. As things currently stand, Tomlin has two years remaining on a deal that is paying him an estimated $7 million per year.

We say estimated because NFL coaching salaries aren't exactly public knowledge. Some contract information does leak out on occasion about coaching salaries, but unlike the players, whose salaries are governed by the salary cap, there is no ceiling on what a franchise can spend on its coaches.