As Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles moves closer to a potential head-coaching opportunity, the Cardinals have made it easier for him to be selective.
Per a league source, the Cardinals have extended Bowles contract through 2017. The deal includes a significant pay raise. Bowles is now believed to be on the five highest-paid assistant coaches in the league.
Previously, Bowles was under contract through 2015.
Bowles remains eligible to pursue head-coaching opportunities. With the Cardinals possibly playing into February, there may not be a team willing to wait that long to hire him this year.