Ron Rivera has been retained following a long-anticipated meeting with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson on Saturday, a team spokesman said.
Rivera, 13-19 in two seasons in Charlotte, has two years remaining on his original, $11.2 million contract.
Rivera’s future became an issue during the final 10 weeks of the season after Richardson fired general manager Marty Hurney in October, telling Rivera he wanted to see the team “trend upward.”
The Panthers (7-9) won five of their past six games, including their final four in a row, to finish in second place in the NFC South, a game better than Rivera’s first season. The winning streak was the longest since 2008, the last time the Panthers made the playoffs.
BROWNS: Met with Oregon coach Chip Kelly again Saturday and hopes to complete a deal to make him Cleveland’s sixth coach since 1999. The sides met for a reported seven hours in Arizona on Friday and came close to reaching an agreement.
But Kelly also met with Buffalo and intends to keep a scheduled meeting with Philadelphia, which wasn’t going to pursue the 49-year-old when it was learned a deal with Cleveland was near.
EAGLES: Team officials are heading to Arizona to kick off a week of interviews with a variety of candidates including Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and president Don Smolenski are conducting the search to replace Andy Reid, who was fired after 14 seasons.
COLTS: Left guard Joe Reitz did not travel with the team for today’s wild-card playoff game at Baltimore .
Reitz has missed several games with a concussion.