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Friday, February 22, 2002
Jets to reward Edwards for playoff berth

By Len Pasquarelli

Having led the New York Jets to their first playoff berth since 1998, head coach Herm Edwards will be rewarded with a one-year contract extension. Barring unexpected complications, the deal will be completed early next week.

The extension will carry Edwards through the 2005 season. The two sides have been negotiating the extension for weeks.

Ray Anderson, Edwards' agent, was in New York on Friday to continue discussions with Jets officials, including team president Jay Cross. Reached at his son's basketball game in Atlanta on Friday evening, Anderson said there "are no obstacles" remaining with the extension.

"We're pretty much in agreement on the terms and the dollars," Anderson said. "There should be nothing now that will keep it from getting done. Frankly, there were some Jets officials who had appointments they had to get to (on Friday), or we'd probably have it finished."

In his first year as an NFL head coach, Edwards, posted a 10-6 record, only the second time in the past 15 years the Jets reached double-digit victories. New York lost to the Oakland Raiders in the wild card round of the AFC playoffs.

Edwards, 47, originally signed a four-year contract with the Jets, and the deal was believed to have averaged about $900,000 annually. Anderson declined to discuss financial details of the contract extension.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for