Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Bengals HC Marvin Lewis did not actually receive a two-year contract as had been reported last year.
Instead, Rapoport mentions that the belief is that the Bengals signed Lewis to a one-year contract that includes a team option for the 2019 season.
“Our standard and normal response to inquiries about contract details is that we do not disclose details about our contracts with players or coaches,” a team spokesman said.
Rapoport admits that it’s still too early in the season to know for sure whether Lewis will be back in Cincinnati.
Last year at this time, reports said both parties were prepared to move on and they later changed their mind and agreed to a new deal.
One possibility floated by Rapoport is that Lewis could move to a front office position and the Bengals could move forward with Hue Jackson as their head coach.
Lewis, 60, was hired as the Bengals’ head coach back in 2003 and has spent 14 seasons with the team. The Bengals announced last year that they re-signed Lewis to a new two-year extension.
In total, the Bengals are 130-118-3 (52.8 percent) under Lewis, which includes seven trips to the postseason but no playoff wins.
We’ll have more regarding Lewis as the news is available.