Marvin Lewis is expected to return to the Bengals for his ninth season as head coach in 2011, Pro Football Weekly has learned, confirming earlier reports.
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that Lewis was likely to come back. Sources close to the situation told PFW Tuesday morning that the two sides are expected to work out an agreement for Lewis to return.
When asked what his current situation was, Lewis texted PFW: "(I) have no situation."
Lewis, who is not currently under contract with the team, was seen as a likely candidate to move on and pursue a different job after going 4-12 in 2010. Yet according to Schefter, the team and coach are close to an agreement that would have him remain in Cincinnati and will resolve any issues within the next 24 hours.
The coach has expressed displeasure with the organization's lack of an indoor practice facility and the manner in which personnel decisions are made.
In eight seasons as Bengals head coach, Lewis is 60-67-1. Twice he has won the AFC North and led the team to the playoffs.
The way we see it
The Bengals were one of the teams expected to have a job opening this offseason, because it appeared Lewis and the team were far apart on the issues the coach had with the organization. But if the sources are correct and the two sides have made some progress, that's one fewer opening in the NFL head-coaching ranks.