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Browns coach gets extension

The Browns gave coach Butch Davis a two-year extension Friday despite a season in which the team lost 11 games.

The extension would keep Davis with the Browns through 2007 and adds the title of executive vice president.

Davis joined Cleveland in 2001, taking over an expansion team that had won five in two seasons. He led the Browns to the playoffs in his second season, but injuries and a lackluster offense kept the Browns from building on that success this season.

"He inherited a challenging situation in January of 2001, and we are in a much better position today than we were three years ago," Browns president Carmen Policy said.

The move provides coaching stability as the Browns look to attract free agents.

"We have a very healthy cap situation, and we head into the offseason encouraged about the likely opportunities to improve through free agency and the draft," Davis said in a statement.

The Browns also hired Kennedy Pola as running backs coach and Fred Graves as receivers coach to complete their staff.

WYCHECK RETIRES: Frank Wycheck has no regrets about retiring after 11 seasons, and he said he's glad to go out a winner even though the Titans lost in the second round of the playoffs.

"I want to go out on top, and I want to retire as a Titan because I had so many great years here," Wycheck said at a news conference in Nashville.

"I did everything I set out to do and much more. From a guy who wasn't even supposed to be in a training camp, let alone to where I ended up, I'm truly proud and I couldn't ask for anything more. It's been a truly great ride."

Wycheck recently became the fourth tight end to top 500 catches, joining Shannon Sharpe and Hall of Famers Kellen Winslow and Ozzie Newsome.

PRO BOWL: NFC coach Andy Reid picked Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker as a "need player" for the Feb. 8 game in Honolulu.

BEARS: Ron Rivera was hired as defensive coordinator after spending five seasons as Eagles linebackers coach. Rivera spent a nine-year playing career in Chicago as a linebacker and started his coaching career there 1997 as a defensive quality control assistant.

BRONCOS: Offensive tackle Matt Lepsis is scheduled for a hearing Feb. 23 on charges of drunken driving and speeding after a traffic stop Dec. 14.

CARDINALS: Coach Dennis Green completed his staff by hiring former Central Florida coach Mike Kruczek to coach quarterbacks. Kruczek spent nearly six seasons at UCF before he was fired in November in the midst of numerous off-field problems.

RAIDERS: Dolphins offensive coordinator Norv Turner interviewed for the coaching vacancy.

REDSKINS: Joe Gibbs will probably keep his team home when he runs his first training camp in a dozen years.