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Forbes: Bill Belichick second-highest paid coach in America

05.22.13 at 2:47 pm ET
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According to Forbes, Bill Belichick is no longer the highest-paid coach in America.

The magazine says that Saints coach Sean Payton has surpassed the Patriots coach with a salary that will pay him roughly $8 million annually for the next five years. Belichick, who reportedly makes $7.5 million a year, is tied for second on the list with new Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

The length and amount of Belichick’s contract has always been a closely guarded secret. When he’s been asked about his employment situation, he’s revealed little.

“I don’t talk about contracts, but I would say I like working here, I like the organization — ownership, coaches, scouts, players, and the guys I work with,” Belichick said in July 2007. “I appreciate the opportunity to work here, and it’s a good situation. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.”

The only thing we really know for sure is that Belichick is locked in for 2013. The day after the Patriots lost to the Ravens in the 2012 AFC title game, he said he’ll be back for this season, saying, “I’ll be here. You’ll have to deal with me again next year. I know that’s disappointing for a lot of you. Until I’m told otherwise, I plan on being here.”

When it comes to breaking down Belichick’s contractual situation, Forbes writes: “Belichick is arguably the NFL’s best tactician, evidenced by the fact that the Patriots have won 72.6% of their games and made five trips to the Super Bowl since he took over in 2000. Sean Payton’s new contract brings an end to Belichick’s two-year reign as the highest-paid coach in American sports and his three-year run as highest-paid in the NFL.”

Belichick has been a fairly regular presence on the Forbes list. In 2010, Belichick was second to then-Lakers coach Phil Jackson. But after Jackson retired followed that year, Belichick moved into the top spot at $7.5 million, and spent 2011 and 2012 in the top spot.

The list also has some other New England ties: former Patriots coach Pete Carroll, who now runs the Seahawks, makes $7 million annually. Celtics coach Doc Rivers also makes $7 million a year, according to Forbes. And Chip Kelly — the new Eagles coach by way of the University of New Hampshire and Oregon — reportedly has an annual salary of $6.5 million.

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