1 year, $5.4M for Billick

Source: Extension signed 2 weeks ago is for 1 season

February 01, 2007|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter

The contract extension signed by Ravens coach Brian Billick two weeks ago is for one year and will pay him about $5.4 million, a league source said yesterday.

That means Billick, who was entering the final year of his contract, is signed through the 2008 season. His two previous extensions with the Ravens were multi-year deals.

Billick, who turns 53 this month, is going into his ninth season, which is tied for the third-longest current tenure in the NFL.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said at Tuesday's news conference that the Ravens have declined to give the terms of Billick's contract publicly because he is following the policy of former majority owner Art Modell. The Ravens are one of three teams (the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders are the others) that don't publicly announce the length of their coach's contract.

"I'm just playing by the rules," Bisciotti said Tuesday. "We are comfortable going forward. I told you guys a few years ago I wanted Brian to be my coach for the next 15 years. We put a good chunk of that on the table, and I think he's capable of being that coach."

After suffering his worst season (6-10) with the Ravens in 2005, Billick directed the team to its best regular-season record (13-3) before losing to the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional playoffs.

"We are very comfortable and confident with where we are right now and the way we will continue to grow as an organization," Billick said. "It stems from ... the very clear and specific vision that Steve has for this organization, and you can't ask for more than that."


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