DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Jim Schwartz heads onto the field after beating the Chicago Bears 24-13 at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The Detroit Lions have finally signed head coach Jim Schwartz to a contract extension, according to Tim Twentyman. The extension is a multi-year deal, but the length and financial details of it are currently unknown.
Prior to this extension, Schwartz only had one more season left on his contract. After helping the Lions go from 0-16 the season before he arrived to 2-14 in 2009, 6-10 in 2010 and 10-6 in 2011, an extension was a given. He helped lead the Lions back to the playoffs last season for the first time in more than a decade, and despite the off-field issues that have clouded the team this offseason, it's clear the Lions believe Schwartz is the right man to lead this franchise for the foreseeable future.
With Schwartz's contract now out of the way, the Lions can turn their focus to getting first-round pick Riley Reiff signed. They can also turn their attention to Cliff Avril's contract situation, as the July 16 deadline to sign him to a long-term deal is nearing.