Harbaugh is the winningest Ravens head coach after his first three seasons with the team. His 36 wins (including playoffs) is one more than Billick had from 1999 to 2001 (although Billick won a Super Bowl in his second season). If the Ravens make the postseason this year, Harbaugh would tie Billick for most playoff seasons (four) by a Ravens head coach.
The signing of Harbaugh continues a productive offseason for the Ravens despite the uncertainty of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and a possible lockout looming. The team reached long-term deals with kicker Billy Cundiff and punter Sam Koch last month.
Now, Harbaugh is signed long-term with a significant raise. He still ranks behind the NFL's highest-paid coaches (New England's Bill Belichick, the Washington Redskins' Mike Shanahan and the Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll all make more than $6.5 million annually). but he is now ahead of the likes of the Indianapolis Colts' Jim Caldwell ($3.5 million) and the Cincinnati Bengals' Marvin Lewis ($3.25 million).
"He has really turned us into a mean, tough and bullying team," McClain said. "Having a guy like that at the throne has been great for this team."
Sun reporter Ken Murray contributed to this article