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Lewis will stay on as coach of Bengals

Associated Press / January 5, 2011

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Marvin Lewis has decided to stay with the Bengals.

Lewis agreed to an unspecified contract extension yesterday that will 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 a deal that left both sides comfortable.

The Bengals are coming off a 4-12 season and have had only two winning records in the last 20 years — both under Lewis, who is 60-69-1 in eight seasons, including losses in both playoff appearances.

Cable is let go The Raiders informed Tom Cable they will not bring him back as coach next season even though he led them to their best record in eight years this season. The team will not exercise a two-year, $5 million option on Cable’s contract, two days after wrapping up an 8-8 season . . . The Panthers plan to hold onto the No. 1 pick in the draft for the chance to take Andrew Luck, who has not declared for the draft, and are leaning toward hiring an NFL assistant coach to replace John Fox, according to owner Jerry Richardson. The Panthers got permission to talk to two defensive coordinators, the Giants’ Perry Fewell and the Chargers’ Ron Rivera.

49ers in action The 49ers were given permission to talk to Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson about their head coach opening. They also promoted Trent Baalke from vice president of player personnel to general manager . . . Looking to replace defensive-minded Eric Mangini, the Browns plan to interview Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and St. Louis offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Mularkey confirmed he will speak with the Browns and Broncos about their vacancies . . . The NFL Network, citing a league source, said Titans owner Bud Adams is being advised by senior management to part ways with quarterback Vince Young, and keep coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher has said he doesn’t plan on returning if Young is on the team.

Saints’ Ivory on IR Rookie running back Chris Ivory was placed on injured reserve by the Saints with a left foot injury, and he won’t play Saturday against the Seahawks . . . Seahawks quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst split reps in practice. Whitehurst started and helped lead Seattle to a 16-6 win over St. Louis last Sunday that wrapped up the NFC West title. Hasselbeck sat out that game with a hip strain . . . Jets QB Mark Sanchez says his sore right shoulder is “feeling good’’ and he is ready to face Indianapolis.

Jets speak on suit The Jets say a lawsuit filed against them and Brett Favre by two massage therapists is “completely without merit.’’ Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole contend they were subjected to sexual harassment and job discrimination. The New York Times reported that David Jaroslawicz, a lawyer for the therapists, said NFL investigators looking into a separate sexual harassment allegation against Favre declined the lawyer’s offer to view text messages he said showed Favre’s misconduct . . . John Madden and Ronnie Lott will co-chair the NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel. It will make recommendations to commissioner Roger Goodell . . . According to Bloomberg News, Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman was awarded about $3.8 million and real estate ownership interests by a federal court in Maryland in a dispute with ex-NBA and Duke basketball players Christian Laettner and Brian Davis . . . Ex-Dolphins defensive back Barry Hill died last week at 57 in Boynton Beach, Fla., of pneumonia.

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