May 18, 2024


“This at the very least provides some context with the Patriots committing to the best coach in historical past long-term.”

Invoice Belichick reportedly signed a long-term take care of the Patriots throughout the offseason. Adrian Kraus/AP Picture

Invoice Belichick’s job safety is probably not in as a lot peril as beforehand thought.

Talking on NFL GameDay forward of Sunday’s showdown between the Patriots and Payments, NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport reported that Invoice Belichick and New England got here to phrases on a long-term extension earlier than the 2023 season even obtained underway.

“Enable me so as to add some information,” Rapoport reported. “Sources say Invoice Belichick, throughout the offseason, quietly agreed to phrases on a profitable, multi-year new contract. His contract, probably the most carefully held secrets and techniques in New England. That mentioned, I feel it’s honest to say there was some, at the very least, uncertainty or intrigue surrounding him.

“Now, contractually, he’s locked up long-term. … This at the very least provides some context with the Patriots committing to the best coach in historical past long-term.”

Rapoport’s report comes amid a firestorm directed towards Belichick and his function in New England’s woeful 1-5 begin to the 2023 marketing campaign. A number of ex-Patriots and media personalities have harped on Belichick’s latest failings with roster development, with Tedy Bruschi noting final week that the legendary head coach ought to retire on the finish of this season. 

With this reported contract in place, it doesn’t appear to be Belichick has any curiosity in strolling away from the sidelines in Foxborough. After all, any long-term deal — with phrases undisclosed — doesn’t imply that Belichick has impunity if Robert Kraft and New England’s possession needs to make a transfer.

Nonetheless, any prolonged extension may imply a steeper payout from Kraft and the crew if New England finally does decide to half methods with Belichick earlier than his new deal expires.

Rapoport added in his report that Kraft “wouldn’t be inclined to make a change midseason,” even with New England’s schedule not getting any simpler forward of matchups in opposition to the Payments and Dolphins.

Even when Belichick does stick round past this present season, modifications appear inevitable at Gillette Stadium — be it on the roster and even throughout the crew’s soccer operations division.