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The Cincinnati Bengals signed head coach Marvin Lewis to a one-year contract extension, running through the 2016 season.

Lewis now won’t be a lame-duck coach this season after the Bengals extended his contract through the 2015 season last year.

Lewis, with a record 100-96-2, is entering his 13th season, already the longest tenure by five years of any Bengals head coach. The Bengals are among only four NFL teams to have reached the playoffs each of the last four seasons and one of only five teams to have qualified in at least five of the last six seasons.

None of Lewis’ 100 wins as the Bengals coach have come in the postseason, where his teams have gone 0-6.

“We have worked together with Marvin for many years, things are going well for the team, and Marvin deserves credit for that,” Bengals president and owner Mike Brown said in a statement Wednesday. “The extension reflects our confidence in him and how things look to us as we move forward. We are happy to have reached this agreement.”

Lewis’ 100 career victories are the most by any Bengals head coach by a margin of 36 over Sam Wyche (64 wins). Cincinnati has reached double digits in wins each of the last three seasons, and the Bengals’ 31 total victories are tied for fifth in the NFL over that span.

“I appreciate the commitment by management to the direction of our team,” Lewis said. “It’s gratifying to our coaching staff and to me personally. The stakes get higher each and every year, and the return of our players this week for the start of offseason work has stoked our fires. I’m excited to continue our pursuit of greatness and to be world champions.”

The Bengals head coaches with the second-most years in the position have been Paul Brown (1968-75) and Wyche (1984-91), each with eight seasons.

Lewis was named the ninth head coach in Bengals history on Jan. 14, 2003.


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