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Edwards gets Jets extension

New York Jets coach Herman Edwards received a two-year contract extension yesterday despite the fact that the team finished with its worst record since 1996.

Though terms were not disclosed, Edwards had two years left on his deal worth about $1.3 million annually. The extension keeps him a Jet through 2007.

Edwards is 25-23 in three seasons with New York. He went 6-10 this season after losing quarterback Chad Pennington for the first six games with a broken left wrist.

"We have a good foundation with some young players; that's how you have to look at it," Edwards said.

The Jets made the playoffs in Edwards's first two seasons as coach, winning the AFC East in 2002.

Garcia apologizes

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia was remorseful and apologetic a day after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving in San Jose, Calif.

Garcia was booked into the Santa Clara County jail at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after San Jose State University police officers saw his white SUV being driven erratically on a street near campus, according to police. Garcia was released six hours later after spending the night in a cell.

"I'm extremely embarrassed for my family, for the San Francisco 49ers organization, and for the Bay area for having put them through something like this," Garcia said.

Vermeil extended

As expected, Dick Vermeil signed a two-year contract extension to remain coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Vermeil, 67, had already informed his staff and Chiefs president Carl Peterson of his decision to remain for at least one more year. Terms were not announced . . . Willy Robinson was hired as the 49ers' defensive coordinator after four seasons as the Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive backs coach . . . Former NFL head coach Wade Phillips interviewed for the San Diego Chargers' defensive coordinator job, meeting with coach Marty Schottenheimer for about six hours . . . Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green hired five more assistants, including defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who served as linebackers coach for Cleveland this season.

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