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Confirmed: Bengals Sign Jay Gruden To A Three-Year Extension

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Soon after Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden decided not to interview for any head coaching opportunities (notably with the Jacksonville Jaguars and St. Louis Rams), an Orlando television station reported that Gruden signed a three-year extension worth $3.6 million. Though the team hasn't confirmed the signing, Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer confirmed it through a league source.

Gruden earned much praise this year, not just for his role in developing rookie quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green, rather doing it during an NFL lockout that prevented coaches from speaking with players.

The continuity of Gruden's decision to stay could have massive implications during the development period between Dalton's rookie and sophomore seasons, generally the period many NFL players begin taking tremendous strides. Guys like Jermaine Gresham, A.J. Green and Andy Dalton will largely benefit behind a full offseason with Gruden at the offensive helm.

The only question remaining in regards to the team's coaching staff is whether or not Mike Zimmer takes a head coaching job. Unfortunately the entire world is waiting on Jeff Fisher.