Jets' Ryan signs contract extension

The Sports NetworkJanuary 16, 2014 

Florham Park, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Rex Ryan knew he'd be back for the 2014 season and he will apparently be the New York Jets coach for at least a little longer.

The Jets announced that Ryan has signed a contract extension. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.

Ryan was set to enter the final year of his deal in 2014 and it had been believed that any extension would be for only an extra year, but ESPN and NFL.com have each reported that the new pact is a multi-year agreement.

After months of speculation surrounding Ryan's job security, Jets owner Woody Johnson confirmed the coach's return for 2014 just moments after New York concluded the 2013 campaign with a 20-7 win at Miami to finish 8-8.

The Jets are 42-38 with a pair of playoff appearances in Ryan's five-year tenure. He guided the club to the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two years, and still has just one losing season on his resume -- 6-10 in 2012.

When general manager Mike Tannenbaum was fired after the 2012 campaign, John Idzik took over the position and Ryan's job status became a constant issue throughout 2013.

The Jets' uneven season began with an NFL record of alternating wins and losses over the first 10 games. After a 23-3 loss at home against the Dolphins left the Jets 5-7 to start December, the team rallied and won three of its last four.

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