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Marvin Lewis remains coach of Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI — The front office won't change significantly. The Bengals will still practice in the cold.

Even with all that, Marvin Lewis decided to stay.

Lewis agreed to an unspecified contract extension Tuesday to make him the longest-tenured coach in club history. Owner Mike Brown agreed to changes in the coaching staff and the roster as part of the deal.

The Bengals went 4-12 this season and have two winning records the past 20 years — both under Lewis, who is 60-69-1 in eight seasons, including losses in both playoff appearances.

Lewis wanted to stay, but only if there were changes. The team offered an extension last season, when the Bengals were on their way to winning the AFC North.

"When you consider all things, looking forward and so forth, I think this is the right spot for me to be," Lewis said.

Report: Raiders won't renew Cable's deal

ESPN reported Tuesday night that the Raiders will not retain Tom Cable as coach.

The team's website, raiders.com, confirmed that Cable's contract will not be extended.

Cable's deal ran out after this season, in which Oakland went 8-8 for its first nonlosing season since 2002.

As for teams still seeking coaches or still mulling over final decisions:

• The Broncos will kick off their search by interviewing Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. John Elway will be introduced as Denver's chief football executive this week, and he'll interview Mularkey on Friday in Atlanta then return to Denver to speak with interim Broncos coach Eric Studesville on Monday. The Falcons are off this week after earning a first-round playoff bye. Mularkey was head coach in Buffalo from 2004 to 2005, when he went 14-18.

• The Browns, who fired Eric Mangini on Monday, will also interview Mularkey as well as Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. The Browns did not interview anyone Tuesday and had nothing scheduled today.

• Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show that he could have an announcement today. The delay Tuesday seemed to be complying with the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to consider minority candidates. Jones fulfilled that by spending three hours with receivers coach Ray Sherman, who is black. Interim coach Jason Garrett is considered the front-runner.

• The Raiders granted the 49ers permission to talk to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who might be a candidate for the top job in Oakland with Cable out.

• Titans coach Jeff Fisher said talks are ongoing in what he calls a complicated process with owner Bud Adams. Fisher's status has been in question since the Titans lost eight of their final nine for a 6-10 record, but the NFL's uncertain labor situation could keep him around. Fisher is under contract for 2011 at an estimated $6.5 million. Quarterback Vince Young is due a $4.25 million roster bonus on the 10th day of the new league year, whenever that starts. The relationship between Young and Fisher has broken down to the point that it's thought only one will return in 2011.

LABOR: Panthers owner Jerry Richardson painted a dark picture as the league moves closer to a possible lockout that could threaten next season.

"It's said to me when I meet with the union lawyers, they say, 'Mr. Richardson, we want more money, more benefits and we want to work less,' " he said. "Then they say, 'Let's begin the negotiations.'

"I'm not optimistic we're making a lot of progress."

The remarks brought a strong rebuke from NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae, who said: "The players haven't asked for anything more. The owners want more money and more games."

FAVRE LAWSUIT: The Jets say a lawsuit filed against them and Brett Favre by two massage therapists is "completely without merit," and the team had not been aware of the accusations. Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole contend in a suit filed Monday that they were subjected to sexual harassment and job discrimination. They seek unspecified damages from Favre, the Jets and a team massage coordinator, saying they lost their part-time jobs after complaining about sexually suggestive text messages from the 41-year-old quarterback while he was with the team in 2008.

49ERS TAB GM: San Francisco named Trent Baalke as general manager, promoting him from vice president of player personnel, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

GIANTS: Offensive lineman Rich Seubert had surgery on a dislocated right kneecap. He was injured Sunday in the first quarter against Washington.

SAFETY PANEL: John Madden and Ronnie Lott, both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will co-chair the NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel. It will consist of former NFL players, coaches and general managers and make recommendations to commissioner Roger Goodell.

OBITUARY: Former Dolphins defensive back Barry Hill died of complications from pneumonia after surgery. He was 57. Hill played football and basketball at Iowa State.

Marvin Lewis remains coach of Cincinnati Bengals 01/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 10:50pm]
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