Pagano speaks on contract situation

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — On Thursday, NFL.com reported that the Colts are not expected to offer Coach Chuck Pagano a contract extension before the 2015 season begins.

Pagano is entering the final year of the contract he signed in 2012. Since taking over the Colts, he’s helped lead the franchise to three consecutive 11-5 seasons that included trips to the playoffs.

In 2012, his first year on the job, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and took a leave of absence. Bruce Arians filled in while Pagano was out.

This past season, the Colts reached the AFC Championship and lost to the Patriots 45-7. On Friday, Pagano sent the below statement to WISH-TV Sports Director Anthony Calhoun regarding his contact situation:

Be where your feet are. What do I mean? Cancer taught me to be thankful for today. All I’m concentrating on is today. Then tomorrow. My focus right now is on the draft, bringing in players that can help us continue to grow, get better, and continue to ‘Build the Monster.’ I look forward to coaching the Colts this season and for many years to come.