Bengals coach Marvin Lewis to leave team after season, report says

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We look at the latest NFL coaching changes and searches after the regular season came to a close on Sunday.
We look at the latest NFL coaching changes and searches after the regular season came to a close on Sunday.

After 15 years, Marvin Lewis is done in Cincinnati.

The Bengals coach plans to leave the team after the season concludes and explore other opportunities around the league, ESPN reported Sunday, citing unidentified league sources.

According to the report, Lewis is "likely to be on teams' short lists of candidates" ahead of a number of head-coaching openings, one of which has already become apparent after the firing of Giants coach Ben McAdoo. Lewis is also interested in working in another organization's front office or as a coaching adviser.

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The report added that some Cincinnati coaches are "unhappy with the way they have been treated financially" after the team declined to offer contract extensions, which could be a factor in Lewis' decision to leave despite being the longest tenured coach in Bengals history.

Nonetheless, Lewis assured there is "nothing to" report when asked about his future with the franchise ahead of Sunday's game.

Lewis, 59, entered 2017 on the final year of his contract. He has served as head coach for the Bengals since 2003, though he's finished with two straight losing seasons in the last two years.

The Bengals (5-8) are scheduled to visit the Vikings (10-3) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

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