Ravens Extend Billick's Contract

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007; 4:13 PM

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens sent out a terse, one line announcement Wednesday saying they had extended coach Brian Billick's contract, but promising no further details or discussion.

Billick's current contract was to last through 2007 and his future with the team was in doubt after a disappointing 2005 season. But the team enjoyed its finest season in franchise history this year, going 13-3 before being eliminated from the playoffs Saturday with a 15-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

In nine seasons under Billick, Baltimore is 75-53. His nine seasons is tied with Philadelphia's Andy Reid for the third-longest current run in the NFL behind Jeff Fisher of Tennessee (13) and Denver's Mike Shanahan.

Asked about his contract Monday, Billick made it clear that he would prefer the situation remain a personal matter.

"I hope you don't misunderstand why I am hesitant to talk about my contract going forward," he said. "Beyond the personal side, it's not very comfortable to sit and pick up the paper and read your personal finances all over the page."

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