Billick's extension details

OWINGS MILLS -- Brian Billick received a one-year contract extension worth $5.4 million that keeps him as the Baltimore Ravens' head coach through 2008, according to two NFL sources that confirmed the details. Billick was granted the extension two weeks ago after leading the Ravens to an AFC North championship and a 13-3 record that marks the best regular-season record in franchise history.

The Ravens' season concluded with a 15-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC divisional playoff. Billick, who has a 75-53 record entering his ninth season, had declined to discuss his contract publicly and the team released a statement at the time that said no details would be disclosed. Team owner Steve Bisciotti praised Billick at a press conference Tuesday.

"I'm just playing by the rules," Bisciotti said. "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."

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.

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