In a move that had been widely reported most of this week, Cowboys coach Wade Phillips had his 2010 team option picked up plus another two years tacked on for a three-year contract extension. Team owner Jerry Jones announced the deal earlier today.

Phillips, who is 33-15 in three seasons in Dallas (the highest winning percentage in team history), met with Jones for two days earlier this week, during which the deal was hammered out, according to Jason La Canfora of

Said Jones: "I'm encouraged by the progress that we made this year, but in no way are we satisfied. This contract represents that. Two years in the NFL is an eternity, but it has to be urgent."

Simply picking up the team option for next season would have left Phillips a lame-duck coach for another year, so it wasn't surprising to see him receive a similar extension to the one Norv Turner got from the Chargers a few days ago.

Phillips has led the Cowboys to two NFC East titles in three seasons, including an 11-7 mark against the rest of the division.

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Dallas broke its 13-year playoff drought with a 34-14 win over the Eagles two weeks ago. It was Phillips' first postseason victory, as he is 1-5 in five trips to the playoffs with Denver, Buffalo and Dallas (not surprisingly, he's never made it past three seasons as a head coach at any of his stops). He is 81-54 in the regular season.

Phillips, 62, also called the plays for a defense that allowed the fewest points in the NFC (250), had the seventh most sacks in the NFL (42) and was fourth against the rush (90.5 yards per game).

What this means for Jason Garrett, Dallas' once hot-shot offensive coordinator who is the highest paid assistant in the league, is anyone's guess.