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Marvin Lewis will remain Bengals coach

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Marvin Lewis has agreed to stay with the Bengals.

Earlier Tuesday, ESPN reported that Lewis' contract may be up the air due to not being able to agree with team ownership on the direction of the franchise. However, these issues have obviously been agreed upon.

This will be Coach Lewis' ninth year as Bengals Head Coach.

On Tuesday morning, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter says a team source told him Lewis will sign a new contract. 

However, Schefter reported Tuesday afternoon that Lewis left Paul Brown Stadium without a new deal and his future with the organization is in "serious jeopardy."

There has been no official word from the Bengals.

Lewis met Monday morning with team president Mike Brown, but neither would discuss the meeting. Brown said through a team spokesman that a resolution could come as soon as Tuesday.

Lewis wants changes in how the organization operates, including more control over roster decisions. He also has lobbied years for a covered practice field - the Bengals are the only northern NFL team without one. Lewis turned down an extension last season, saying their differences had to be resolved before he would agree to stay.

The Bengals are coming off of a disappointing 4-12 season that ended with a loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Several Bengals players have said they want Lewis to stay.

"The only coach I want to play for is Marvin Lewis," said linebacker Rey Maualuga. "Coach Lewis and his staff gave me an opportunity when no one else in the NFL did."

Schefter reported Monday that the San Francisco 49ers wanted to talk to Lewis, but the 49ers have reported requested permission from the Raiders to talk to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

FOX19 is at Paul Brown Stadium and will bring you the latest when it becomes available.

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