FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan is returning next season, that much we know. But there's still the matter of his contract.
The coach of the New York Jets has one year remaining on his deal, and the organization is planning to give him a one-year extension, the NFL Network reported Monday.
Nothing has been finalized, according to a source, adding that the two sides haven't gotten around to actually discussing the terms of a new deal.
Obviously, Ryan would prefer a long-term deal -- who wouldn't? -- but he does not have any leverage. Remember, he's not a free agent. There was some talk about the team forcing Ryan to coach the final year of his contract, creating a lame-duck situation. But that would appear extreme, and it makes sense that owner Woody Johnson would offer a one-year extension.
Meanwhile, many of Ryan's assistants are floating in limbo. He has at least seven assistants with expiring contracts, including defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman and special teams coach Ben Kotwica. As of Monday afternoon, many of the assistants still were in the dark about their future, according to a source. Ryan, in an interview with ESPN New York 98.7, said he was still conducting "exit interviews."