Bengals HC Marvin Lewis tells Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’s hoping to sign an extension at some point this offseason.
“We’d like to agree to something at some point,” Lewis said regarding a potential contract extension. “It puts, I think, everybody’s mind at ease going forward for their futures. A lot of the people in the building, it makes it easier on them.”
Owczarski points out that Lewis and Bengals owner Mike Brown typically have an extension in place at some point in April, so this will be something to watch in the coming months.
Previous reports have said that it’s possible the Bengals could allow Lewis to enter the final year of his contract without receiving an extension.
Jason La Canfora previously mentioned that the Bengals allow Lewis to enter a lame-duck season and possibly have him transition to a front-office position with the team.
One internal option to eventually replace Lewis could be defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who is highly thought of by Brown and the organization as a whole.
Lewis, 58, was hired as the Bengals’ head coach back in 2003 and has spent 14 seasons with the team. The expectations were for the Bengals to continue their string of playoff appearances but they’ve already clinched a losing season for the first time since 2010.
In total, the Bengals are 117-103-3 (53.1 percent) under Lewis, which includes seven trips to the postseason but no playoff wins.
We’ll have more regarding Lewis’ future with the Bengals as the news is available.