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Lions coach Jim Caldwell's deal is guaranteed through 2018

11 December, 2017, 06:16 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Dec 3 2017 Baltimore MD USA Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell speaks to an official during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore Ravens defeated Detroit Lions 44-20. Mandatory Credit Tommy Gilligan-USA TO

In late September, the belief was Caldwell had received a multi-year contract extension from the Lions that stretched beyond 2018, insinuating his job would remain safe after this season.

In fact, Caldwell's extension is merely for one year, sources say, with an option following next season. But the contract extension he received won't factor into it. After a seven-win campaign in 2015-16, the Lions responded by going 9-7 and making the postseason for the second time in Caldwell's tenure past year.

Jim Caldwell's contract contains a guarantee for 2018 only, with the Lions having the option to extend the deal, a source confirmed to ESPN.

With just a one-season commitment beyond 2017, this contract language makes it far more tenable for the team to part ways with the coach after the season, if general manager Bob Quinn determines he'd like to go a different direction.

Caldwell has coached the Lions to a.550 winning percentage during his four years with the organization, the best of any full-time coach during the Super Bowl era. There have been questions about Caldwell's job security for a few years, but that deal theoretically put any concerns to rest.

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Since becoming the head coach of the Lions prior to the 2014 season, Caldwell has led the team to a 33-27 regular season record, with playoff berths in two out of his first three seasons in Detroit. The Lions were then blown out by the in the wild-card round.

"I've told you guys, I'll answer it the same way now and you ask me eight weeks down the road", Caldwell said back in September.

Detroit has not won a division title since 1993 and last won a playoff game during the 1991 season.

Detroit is 6-6 on the season and still in the running for a NFC Wild Card spot.

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