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Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Marvin Lewis re-signs with Cincinnati Bengals

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 3:47 p.m.

After a tumultuous day of on-and-off talks and varying reports, Marvin Lewis has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

"I do feel like it's a new beginning," Lewis said in a late-afternoon press conference in Cincinnati. "It's a start over."

Updated at 2:47 p.m.

Talks with Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals have broken off and it now appears far less certain that he will return for a ninth season as coach.

Lewis, according to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter, left when an agreement could not be reached "on franchise's direction and his future there is in serious jeopardy."

Updated at 1:05 p.m.

"Despite reports the Bengals expect head coach Marvin Lewis to return, there was no agreement after two Tuesday morning meetings," the Cincinnati Bengals have tweeted.

That jibes with Joe Reedy's report that both sides still have ground to make up in talks.

Filed at 10:48 a.m.

Although his contract expired at the end of a disappointing 4-12 season, the Cincinnati Bengals are now expected to bring Marvin Lewis back for his ninth season as coach.

Lewis and the Bengals, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter, are expected to resolve any remaining issues within the "next 24 hours."

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer corroborates the report, saying that all signs point to Lewis remaining as coach. Reedy says an unidentified NFL source has told him: "He's close to a decision but there still are a lot of considerations in the air."

By Cindy Boren  | January 4, 2011; 10:48 AM ET
Categories:  NFL  
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As much as I hate Dan Snyder, I have to admit that he is not the worst owner in the league. Mike Brown is a Class A, No.1 loser of an owner. Poor Bengals fans.

Posted by: VaBroker | January 4, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

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