Suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension, according to multiple reports on Friday.
The agreement was first reported by Fox Sports.
Payton was due to begin his seventh season as the Saints' coach in 2012 before being suspended for the season by Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation.
Payton signed an extension in 2011, but Goodell objected to certain language in that deal.
Payton is 62-34 as in regular-season games as Saints head coach and 5-3 in the postseason. During the three seasons before his suspension, the Saints won 41 regular-season and playoff games combined, more than any other team in the NFL.
Ryan refutes report about leaving Jets
Rex Ryan has no plans to go anywhere. Doesn't want to, he said.
The feisty New York Jets coach opened his news conference Friday by denouncing a published report that said he would welcome being fired if owner Woody Johnson doesn't make significant personnel and coaching changes to the offense.
"There was a report that was untrue," Ryan said. "The fact is, and it's simple: This is the only team that I want to coach. Period. This is my team. These are my players. I don't want to coach somebody else's players. This is the team I want to coach."
With the Jets (6-9) out of the playoffs for the second straight season, Ryan's job status has become somewhat tenuous in his fourth year. But Ryan said he was "mad as a hornet" when he read the Daily News story.
"There's no bigger Jet than me," Ryan said. "I want to be the Jets' head coach for the next 15 years."
Ravens' Reed fined $55,000 for high hit
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the New York Giants' Victor Cruz last weekend.
Reed struck the receiver in the head and neck area, and was penalized for the hit in the game. He had a one-game suspension last month for several helmet-to-helmet hits reduced to a $50,000 fine.
Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher also was fined $10,000 for a chop block against the Giants.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fined $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official, and another $10,000 for kicking Oakland's Tommy Kelly after a play was over. Newton shouted at and bumped referee Jerome Boger in the fourth quarter of Carolina's 17-6 victory.
New England's Vince Wilfork was docked $30,000 for hitting Jacksonville offensive lineman Steve Vallos in the head with his forearm.
BILLS: Defensive end Mark Anderson was ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Jets because of his injured knee.
BROWNS: Thad Lewis will make his first career start against the NFL's top defense. Cleveland's third-string quarterback will start the season finale against Pittsburgh.
DOLPHINS: Receiver Davone Bess was ruled out of Miami's season finale at New England because of a back injury.
JAGUARS: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew had surgery on his left foot and will be out at least until May.
RAIDERS: Terrelle Pryor will make his first start at quarterback in the season finale in San Diego.