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Bengals extend Marvin Lewis’ contract

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CINCINNATI — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has received a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season, extending the longest coaching tenure in franchise history.

Lewis is entering his 10th season as head coach, a club record. The Bengals are 69-74-1 under Lewis with three winning records in his nine seasons. They're 0-3 in the playoffs.

Lewis played out his contract during the 2009 season, then accepted a two-year extension after two days of discussions with owner Mike Brown. The Bengals reached the playoffs last season as a wild card, going 9-7 before losing to Houston in the first round. He was entering the last year on that two-year deal.

Lewis is third in the NFL in current tenure with one team, behind Philadelphia's Andy Reid and New England's Bill Belichick.

Bengals' Shipley can practice

CINCINNATI — Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley has been cleared to practice, the final step in his comeback from reconstructive knee surgery.

Shipley tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sept. 18. He was limited during drills in the offseason and wasn't allowed to practice when training camp opened Friday.

He practiced for the first time on Monday, along with cornerback Nate Clements, who started all but one game last season. Clements has been bothered by an abdominal strain.

Seahawks sign WR Edwards

RENTON, Wash. — The Seahawks signed veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards, adding another experienced pass catcher to the training camp competition for the No. 2 receiver spot.

Edwards, 29, played in nine games last season for San Francisco. He caught 15 passes for 181 yards and no touchdowns during an injury-plagued year that saw him released by the 49ers in December. Two seasons ago with the New York Jets, Edwards had 53 catches for 904 yards and seven touchdowns.

Walden suspended for season opener

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The NFL suspended Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden for the regular-season opener for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Walden will not be paid for the Sept. 9 game against San Francisco.

In February, Walden reached a deferred judgment agreement to resolve a disorderly conduct-domestic abuse charge without pleading guilty. Walden spent last Thanksgiving weekend in jail after a dispute with his girlfriend. He agreed to perform 50 hours of community service and continue counseling.

The fifth-year veteran was re-signed in April after starting 15 games last season, finishing with three sacks and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.

Clady says no to $50 million deal

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Ryan Clady rejected both a $50 million offer and the chance to talk about it.

The Denver Broncos and the two-time Pro Bowl left tackle, who will play a crucial role in protecting Peyton Manning's blind side this season, ended talks Monday on a contract extension until after the 2012 season.

Clady walked off the field behind his fellow offensive linemen after Monday night's practice and declined to discuss his contract situation. Clady will make $3.5 million this season in the final season of a five-year deal he signed as a rookie out of Boise State in 2008.

Otah fails physical with Jets

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Jeff Otah is heading back to the Carolina Panthers. The veteran offensive tackle failed his physical again with the Jets on Tuesday, meaning New York's trade with Carolina was rescinded.

Otah was acquired by the Jets last Monday but failed his first physical and was placed on the active-physically unable to perform list. He had seven days -- until Tuesday -- to pass it. Otah was sidelined most of the past two seasons by a nagging knee injury.

Colts lose two offensive linemen

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts have lost offensive lineman Ben Ijalana and backup linebacker A.J. Edds with season-ending knee injuries. Coach Chuck Pagano says both players have "significant" ACL injuries to their left knees and the team hopes to add two players to the roster soon. Both were hurt Sunday, during the team's first open practice at training camp

Jets to retire Martin, Byrd jerseys

CORTLAND, N.Y. — The New York Jets have announced that they will retire the jerseys of running back Curtis Martin and defensive end Dennis Byrd. Martin will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. His No. 28 jersey will be retired during a ceremony at halftime of the regular-season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 9.

Byrd's No. 90 will be retired Oct. 28 against Miami. It hasn't been worn since his career-ending injury in 1992, when Byrd he broke his neck during a game against Kansas City.

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