|Bengals extend coach Lewis’ contract|
|Friday, March 14, 2014 8:04 PM|
CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis signed a 1-year contract extension Friday, keeping him on the job through the 2015 season.
Lewis has led the Bengals to three straight playoff berths, a first for the franchise that began play in 1968. But the Bengals are 0-5 in the playoffs under Lewis.
His 90 career victories are the most in Bengals history by 26 over Sam Wyche (64). His record is 90-85-1 in the regular season. Lewis’ 11 seasons are the most for a Bengals head coach.
“I’m blessed to continue to do a job I love here in Cincinnati,” said Lewis, 55. “I truly appreciate the commitment by our management to continue to enable us to build an NFL championship team.”
The Bengals went 11-5 last season and won the AFC North. They fell at home to San Diego in the wild-card playoff round after losses to Houston the previous two years in the opening week of the postseason.
Still, Lewis has brought continuity and organization to the Bengals, even if they have not won a playoff game since the 1990 season.
Lewis lost both coordinators in the offseason, with Mike Zimmer becoming head coach in Minnesota and Jay Gruden taking over in Washington.
“Marvin has earned this commitment for the job he is doing,” said Bengals president Mike Brown. “We are one of only five teams to qualify for the playoffs the last three years and our prospects are bright looking ahead. Marvin is driven to achieve more and we are happy to secure his leadership of our team beyond the coming season.”
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders added two more playoff-tested veterans to their rebuilding defense.
Oakland signed free agent defensive lineman Antonio Smith to a 2-year, $9 million contract and cornerback Tarell Brown to a 1-year, $3.5 million deal Friday.
The moves come a day after Oakland signed Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley to 2-year deals to bolster the defensive line, giving Oakland four new defensive starters with experience of playing in the Super Bowl.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jon Beason is going be back in the middle of the New York Giants’ defense and he is going to have help at the linebacker spot.
The Giants confirmed Friday that they re-signed Beason and later said they also signed former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain.
The team did not disclose contract details but reports said Beason got $19 million over three years. Terms of McClain’s deal were not immediately available.
The moves shore up the linebacking position with the team having already given a tender to restricted free agent Spencer Paysinger, the weakside linebacker.
The Giants also announced they re-signed fullback Henry Hynoski.
Suspended former Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner said on Friday that he has agreed to a contract with the New England Patriots, giving the AFC East champions another potent defender in pass coverage.
A day after representatives for Darrelle Revis confirmed that the 3-time All Pro would be joining the Patriots, Browner WROTE on Twitter: “I am proud to announce that I am a New England Patriot.” The team has not confirmed either deal but Browner’s was reportedly worth $17 million over three years.
Another Patriots defensive back, Alfonzo Dennard, is serving a 60-day jail term in Lincoln, Neb., for a 2012 assault on a police officer. He is expected to be out in time for training camp.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts have agreed to terms with free-agent receiver Hakeem Nicks.
Team owner Jim Irsay confirmed the deal Friday on Twitter. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
The injured Nicks caught 56 passes for 896 yards but did not score a touchdown last season with the New York Giants. His contract expired after the season.
Steve Smith is eager to continue his NFL career in Baltimore, where he’s just a short flight from his permanent home in Charlotte.
The longtime Panthers standout wide receiver didn’t waste time finding a new home, signing a 3-year contract with the Ravens about 24 hours after being released by Carolina.
The Ravens announced the signing of the 34-year-old Smith on Friday.
The Ravens also got a 4-year deal with linebacker Daryl Smith that solidifies the middle of Baltimore’s defense. The sides reached agreement on Smith’s 32nd birthday.
In other moves Friday:
—Chicago agreed to a 1-year contract with 2-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman. Tillman, 33, is coming off a season limited to eight games because of a torn right triceps.
—Eight-year veteran cornerback and rookie negotiator Cortland Finnegan found a new home in Miami after an injury-plagued 2013 with the Rams. Finnegan said he spoke with a lot of general managers and head coaches around the NFL but his only free-agent visit was to Miami, and the 2008 All-Pro represented himself. The Dolphins added former Rams guard Shelley Smith with a $5.5 million, 2-year contract.
—Detroit re-signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who will get a $16 million, 4-year contract with half the money guaranteed. He has 284 receptions for 2,828 yards and 16 touchdowns in five NFL seasons with the Lions.
—Green Bay re-signed defensive tackle B.J. Raji to anchor their defensive line. He started all 16 games last season for the Packers. Other unrestricted free agents to re-sign with the Packers include cornerback Sam Shields, outside linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal and tight end Andrew Quarless.
—Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press on Friday, “You can say I’ve been released, yes” when asked if Tennessee had cut him. He started nine games for the Titans last season and went 217 of 350 for 2,454 yards with 14 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. The 31-year-old Fitzpatrick has thrown for 16,790 yards, 106 touchdowns and 93 interceptions in 85 career games. The Titans also agreed to a multiyear deal with linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who spent the last six years with the Denver Broncos. During the 2012 season, Woodyard was the only player in the NFL with at least 100 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions. Tennessee also agreed to a 4-year deal with tackle Michael Oher, who spent his first five seasons with the Ravens.
—Minnesota re-signed receiver Jerome Simpson, who bounced back from an injury-plagued first season with the team in 2012 with a solid season. He caught 48 passes for a career-high 726 yards in 2013. They also signed cornerback Derek Cox to a 1-year deal.
—Linebacker Jameel McClain joined the Giants. He started 55 games for Baltimore and won a Super Bowl ring.
—Center Evan Dietrich-Smith agreed to a contract with Tampa Bay. Dietrich-Smith spent the past three seasons with the Packers.
—San Francisco signed cornerback Chris Cook to a 1-year deal. Cook spent his four NFL seasons with Minnesota. San Francisco also finalized a trade with Jacksonville for quarterback Blaine Gabbert when he passed a physical Friday.
—New Orleans re-signed linebacker and special teams player Ramon Humber to a 1-year contract.
—Carolina added a player when it signed tight end Mike McNeill from the St. Louis Rams to a 2-year contract. McNeill mostly is a blocking tight end.
—Pittsburgh addressed depth issues along the defensive line, signing Cam Thomas to a 2-year deal. The 27-year-old Thomas started a career-high 10 games for San Diego in 2013, finishing with 30 tackles and an interception.
—Kansas City signed former Raiders defensive tackle Vance Walker to a 3-year contract and announced the signing of linebacker Frank Zombo, who agreed to terms earlier in the week. Zombo appeared in 16 games for Kansas City last season.
—Free agent linebacker Will Herring isn’t joining the Cowboys after all. The team reported the signing on its website Thursday but said Friday the deal was off in “a mutual parting of the ways that had to do with the language of the contract.”
—The Washington Redskins have released center Will Montgomery after he failed a physical and signed free agent kicker Jake Rogers. The Redskins on Friday also announced the signings of defensive lineman Jason Hatcher and linebacker Darryl Sharpton. Both agreed to terms Thursday.