Ravens sign coach Billick to four-year contract

OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND (TICKER) —A month after agreeing to a contract extension with Brian Billick, the Baltimore Ravens signed the coach to a four-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Billick has been the Ravens’ coach for the last eight years and guided the franchise to a Super Bowl title in 2000.

But Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti made it clear that the Ravens would need to have a successful season in 2006 for Billick to keep his job.

Billick, 52, responded to the challenge, guiding the Ravens to a franchise-best 13-3 record and the AFC North Division title. But Baltimore lost in the divisional playoffs to the Indianapolis Colts, 15-6.

On January 17, the Ravens announced they had “extended” Billick’s contract and that “no details will be publicly announced or discussed.”

The Baltimore Sun reported it was a one-year extension worth $5.4 million.

On Wednesday, the team disclosed that Billick signed a contract through 2010.

Billed as an offensive guru after six outstanding years as the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, Billick has struggled to build a formidable offense in Baltimore.

Thanks to quarterback Steve McNair and a rejuvenated Jamal Lewis at running back, the Ravens ranked 17th in total offense and 12th in scoring this past season. But Baltimore was woeful offensively in each of the prior three seasons, failing to crack the top 20 in total yardage.

Regardless of his shortcomings with the offense, Billick owns a 75-53 overall record.

Billick is the third-longest tenured coach in the NFL, trailing only Tennessee’s Jeff Fisher (13) and Denver’s Mike Shanahan (12).

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Updated Wednesday, Feb 21, 2007