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Chuck Pagano stays with Colts, agrees to contract extension

In a surprise, the Indianapolis Colts have announced that head coach Chuck Pagano has agreed to a contract extension.

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You can take one potential candidate off the Miami Dolphins list of potential head coaching hires, but you can also take off one potential competitor for the other coaching candidates. The Indianapolis Colts have announced an agreement to a contract extension with head coach Chuck Pagano. The move comes as a surprise, as most reports had indicated the Colts would not look to bring back Pagano as his contract expired at the end of this season.

Stampede Blue's Josh Wilson described the announcement as "an absolutely stunning turn of events." Pagano's relationship with Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has been described as toxic, yet, it now appears both men will be returning to the team in 2016. According to NFL Media's Ian Rarpoport, Grigson will also return to the Colts.

Since joining the Colts as their head coach in 2012, Pagano has a 41-23 record, with three appearances in the Playoffs, two from AFC South titles, and led the Colts to the AFC Championship Game in 2014.

The Colts were expected to join the Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and New York Giants in changing head coaches this year. Now, that clearly will not be happening.