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Cincinnati Bengals' Marvin Lewis wants sixth contract extension

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Alex Butler
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis gestures to the officials during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on September 18, 2016. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis gestures to the officials during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on September 18, 2016. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- After missing the playoffs for the first time in six seasons in 2016, retirement rumors sparked for Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.

Lewis is on the hot seat, according to Bengals fans and many critics. A 6-9-1 finish in 2016 followed the Bengals' stellar 2015 campaign. The Bengals went 12-4 in 2015 and ranked No. 7 in points scored. The team also ranked No. 2 in defensive scoring. This season, the Bengals dropped to the No. 24 scoring offense and No. 8 scoring defense.

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Lewis' Bengals are 0-7 in the postseason.

"We'd like to agree to something at some point," Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer, regarding a contract extension. "It puts, I think, everybody's mind at ease going forward for their futures. A lot of the people in the building, it makes it easier on them."

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Lewis, 58, has coached the Bengals for 14 seasons. He's currently at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. He coached last season on a one-year extension.

Bengals owner Mike Brown signed Lewis to another one-year bridge in April. In December, former Washington Redskins tight end-turned radio host Chris Cooley reported that Lewis planned to retire this offseason. That report has since been refuted. Lewis told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Dec. 29 that he planned to coach the team in 2017.

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"It pisses you off," Lewis told ESPN after being eliminated from the playoffs this season. "If I'm allowed to say that. It really does. It gets you upset, and you stay upset. It doesn't sit well."

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"Unfortunately, I've got a little bit longer to be upset than in the past. Whenever the final day comes, unless you're the last one standing, you're always upset with it. That's the way it is."

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported on Jan. 1 that although Brown does not "intend to fire Lewis with a year left" on his deal, it is "far less likely" he receives another one-year extension this summer. La Canfora added that there is an expectation that Lewis moves to a front office position, after completing his coaching tenure.

All three of Lewis' previous one-year extensions were announced in the month of April.

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