Feb 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson isn't the only member of the Detroit Lions who could receive a contract extension this offseason. The expectation is for head coach Jim Schwartz to also have his deal extended. Schwartz, like Johnson, has one year left on his contract, and after leading the Lions to the playoffs this past season, there seems to be no reason for him to not receive a new deal.
I'm admittedly a bit surprised an extension hasn't already been agreed to by Schwartz and the Lions, but then again, it's probably not at the top of the list of priorities. With negotiations taking place with Johnson, Cliff Avril and other players, the focus right now is on getting the team ready for free agency. That doesn't mean there haven't been talks with Schwartz, though. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew provided an update today on the talks and if progress has been made.
"We’re moving forward on that," Mayhew said. "Yeah, there has been."
Since Schwartz's contract has no effect on the salary cap, there isn't a huge need to get an extension done right now. It would be nice to get Schwartz locked up and have one less thing to worry about this offseason, but deals with players definitely take priority in this situation.