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SURPRISE!

Despite ALL the reports saying Coach Pagano was undoubtedly OUT THE DOOR as Colts head coach, he’s back in!

And not only that, but he’s back for 4 MORE YEARS!

The team announced Monday night that Pagano has agreed to a four-year contract extension that is directly tied to an extension for general manager Ryan Grigson (despite reports of he and Pagano’s dysfunctional relationship).

Colts owner Jim Irsay also said during Monday night’s press conference that Pagano pushed to have Grigson get an extension. The two are now “contractually tied” together, as Irsay put it. Although the relationship between Grigson and Pagano was described as toxic as various times during the season, sources say that it was moreso like two passionate professionals with mutual respect.

“It wasn’t fan pressure, player pressure,” Irsay said on his reasoning for bringing back Pagano. “It was that Chuck’s won 44 games in the last four years.”

Or….it was because #ChuckStay worked ;)

Pagano carried momentum into Irsay’s office after winning the final two games with a revolving door of quarterbacks featuring street free agents Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley in the season finale.

“Chuck is a fighter,” one source explained to Rapoport.

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