News of Bill Belichick’s contract status with the Patriots leaked ahead of Sunday’s game against the Bills.
Belichick and the Patriots “quietly agreed to terms on a lucrative multi-year new contract” this offseason, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning on “NFL GameDay.”
From @NFLGameDay: This past offseason, #Patriots coach Bill Belichick quietly agreed to a lucrative multi-year new contract, sources say. That, at least, adds some context to the discussions about the greatest coach in NFL history. pic.twitter.com/ZPjRxzMVzJ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 22, 2023
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It is interesting that Rapoport said “agreed to terms” rather than “signed.”
This news is especially relevant with the Patriots starting the season 1-5. There has been speculation that Patriots owner Robert Kraft could move on from Belichick, who serves as head coach and general manager, if the struggles continue.
“My understanding is he would not be inclined to make a move mid-season,” Rapoport said of Kraft.
The Patriots would likely need to eat money if they fired Belichick. Belichick’s contract would likely transfer over if he was traded.
Winning cures all, however.