Updated: April 5, 2014, 12:58 AM ET
Jeff Legwold | ESPN.com
A week ago, John Elway said a contract extension for Denver Broncos coach John Fox was “the next thing on the agenda” for the team.
On Friday, Elway showed he means what he says as the team’s top decision-maker.
The Broncos and Fox have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension that essentially tears up the final year of his original deal — the 2014 season — and now runs through 2016, team sources confirmed.
The sources said the extension was “fair” to both sides and puts Fox among the league’s best-paid coaches. It is also the last big loose end the Broncos have on the contract front, with Elway having signed his own extension earlier this offseason to go with all of the team’s free agent activity.
Fox’s representatives and the Broncos’ brass talked at the NFL scouting combine in February. Elway said at the league meetings in Orlando, Fla., last week that he expected to get a deal done for Fox soon.
Fox signed a four-year contract worth an average of approximately $3 million a year when the Broncos hired him in 2011. He would have received a $1 million bonus had the Broncos won Super Bowl XLVIII last month, but Denver was bullied, 43-8, by the Seattle Seahawks.
Fox is 34-14 in regular-season games with the Broncos, with three consecutive AFC West titles. The Broncos, with Peyton Manning at quarterback, have entered the last two seasons as the Super Bowl favorites only to lose in double overtime to the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round to close out the 2012 season and then to the Seahawks in February.
Fox is 3-3 in postseason games with the Broncos.
This past season he missed four weeks after undergoing open-heart surgery to replace a valve. He was born with the defect in the old valve and has consistently said since his return he feels “better than I have in 20 years” and that he wants to keep coaching.
Fox turned 59 in February.
When asked about the negotiations for his contract last week, Fox said, “Really I’m going to coach my rear end off no matter what happens. That’s in people’s hands and I feel confident something will happen. But either way I’m going to be fine, I’m under contract … They’re talking and working on it … Everybody’s got good intentions, we’ll see where it goes.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll signed a three-year extension Friday. Covered Broncos for nine years for Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News
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