The Bengals signed coach Marvin Lewis to a contract extension through the 2014 season. "Coming off a playoff finish last year, with a solid coaching staff and good young players, continuity at the top gives us our best chance to do well," said Bengals president Mike Brown. "We are excited about the team's prospects and happy to have completed this process with Marvin before the 2012 preseason schedule begins." Lewis was entering the final year of his contract and has gained significant control over the franchise on and off the field. The Bengals also extended the contracts of coveted coordinators Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer. Both coaches were sought for head coaching jobs in the offseason. Gruden declined offers to interview but Zimmer met with the Jaguars and Dolphins. Lewis, who is in his 10th season with the Bengals, led the Bengals to the playoffs in 2011 and is the franchise's leader in victories (69). Lewis is the longest-tenured coach in the AFC North division and only Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Eagles coach Andy Reid have been head coaches with the same team longer than Lewis has been in Cincinnati.
- Marvin Lewis