Redskins signing Ron Rivera to five-year contract to be new head coach
The Washington Redskins have been rumored to be the front-runner to sign former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera to fill their vacancy for the last couple of days. Now, the team seems to have finally come to an agreement on a contract with their new head coach.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Redskins are in agreement with Rivera in a big five-year contract. As noted by Rapoport, that kind of a deal is a big commitment from the Redskins.
The #Redskins are making Ron Rivera their new coach and giving him a 5-year deal, sources say. A big commitment.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2019
Rivera is exactly the kind of head coach that the Redskins have needed. He is a defensive minded coach, but most of all he holds players accountable while maintaining good relationships with him. One player in particular that he should be able to help in Washington is a player he used to coach in Josh Norman.
Just recently, reports were coming out that the Redskins and Rivera were negotiating slower than expected. Some thought that Rivera could end up opening his mind to other potential coaching jobs.
All of that being said, it appears that the two sides are in agreement. Rivera will have a tough task ahead of him to rebuild Washington back into a playoff contender. He has some pieces, but it is going to be a tough job.
Expect to see the Redskins look much better right off the bat in this new era of football. Rivera may not be able to fix everything immediately, but he is going to be a massive upgrade.