Bill Belichick will be on the New England Patriots sidelines for a long time.
The coach’s contract was set to expire after the 2013 season, but sources close to the team say that the Patriots and Belichick reached an agreement on an extension. The terms and length of the contract extension were not reported, but sources say it will be for “a long time.”
Determining the specifics of Belichick’s contracts has been a notoriously difficult task. The Patriots coach shares little information about this team and players with reporters, and even less when it comes to his own life.
When asked about the extension this week, Belichick answered: “I don’t talk about my personal contract situation, sorry.”
It would have been unlikely to see Belichick leave the team while Tom Brady is still playing. Belichick saw his only successful tenure as a head coach begin after he lost his starter Drew Bledsoe in 2001 and had to turn to the sixth-round pick Brady.
Now 36, Brady appears to have crossed the apex of his career, but remains one of the best quarterbacks in the game and the Patriots one of the best teams in the league.
While he’s arguably the best coach in the league right now, Bill Belichick also has a reputation for being very hard on his players. Wide receiver Wes Welker, who this offseason bolted the Patriots to join Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, said everyone has come to known and expect that from Belichick.
“It was just kind of hard… one of those deals where you have to endure him, put up with him…. But he does it to everybody. It’s the way he is,” Welker said.
Though coaches’ contracts are surrounded in a bit more mystery than players’, it’s been known that Bill Belichick was for a long time the highest-paid coach in the league. That changed last year when Sean Payton signed a new contract, however.