Sunday could be final Bengals game for 16 free agents
Asked to clarify his comments about 45 minutes after the press conference, Lewis again failed to issue a blanket denial.
“In my mind, I didn’t leave anything open,” Lewis said through a team spokesman. “I just didn’t want to address it. I didn’t want to feed headlines.”
Lewis is under contract through the 2017 season.
He has compiled a 117-103-3 regular-season record and 0-7 in the postseason in his 14 seasons, making him the longest tenured coach in franchise history. Among active coaches, only New England’s Bill Belichick has been with the same team longer (17 seasons).