Bengals reward Lewis with extension until 2010

Updated: February 16, 2006, 3:50 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Coach Marvin Lewis got a two-year extension Thursday for leading the Cincinnati Bengals to their first playoff appearance in 15 years, putting him under contract until 2010.

The Bengals also announced that their coaching staff will return intact for next season.

Cincinnati went 11-5 -- its first winning record since 1990 -- and won the AFC North during Lewis' third season running the team. The Bengals lost to eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs.

The breakthrough season ended one of the longest stretches of futility in NFL history.

"Marvin has done a wonderful job for the football club on the field and off, and we want to reward his efforts and continue the relationship well into the future," team owner Mike Brown said.

The club also said that all of Lewis' assistants have received contracts that run through at least 2007.

"The stability of our excellent staff will be a key as we continue building toward a world championship team," Lewis said.


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