During a period of uncertainty in Carolina, the Panthers have made things a little more certain.

Carolina is closing in on a contract extension for coach Ron Rivera, multiple sources say, one that will keep him in charge for the foreseeable future. Rivera was under contract through 2018, but will be extended to 2020 now.

The two sides are deep in talks, and an extension should be completed soon. It's another reward for Rivera, whose team is back in the playoffs.

This is the first big move for Tina Becker, the Panthers' chief operating officer who has taken over for owner Jerry Richardson after he stepped away. Richardson had announced he plans to sell the team after the 2017 season concludes, amid an investigation into alleged workplace misconduct.