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Seahawks Sign Holmgren to Two-Year Extension

The Walrus will continue to walk the sidelines in Seattle for a little while longer.

The Seahawks re-signed their most important 2007 free agent Tuesday afternoon when they reached a two-year contract extension for coach Mike Holmgren, whose contract was set to expire after this season.

Holmgren’s agent, Bob LaMonte, finalized the contract extension one week after flying to Seattle last Tuesday to meet with Seahawks officials. Terms of the contract weren’t available, but Holmgren was negotiating from a position of strength. With a $7 million salary in 2006, Holmgren was negotiating as the highest paid coach in the league.

In 1999, Holmgren signed a record-breaking eight-year, $35 million deal as the coach-general manager of the franchise. He’s been to four playoffs during his first seven years and had his first trip to the Super Bowl as the Seahawks coach this past season. The Super Bowl loss to Pittsburgh was hard on him, and it initially gave him second thoughts about wanting to sign an extension. At the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Holmgren still wasn’t sure about re-signing.

Frankly, Holmgren is overrated as a coach. He won one Super Bowl with Brett Favre and Reggie White on his team and lost another. He’s now lost another with Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander. For a coach with so much talent on his rosters, his record is mediocre.

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