Bill Belichick on rumors of a new deal: ‘I don’t talk about my personal contract situation’
|09.14.13 at 11:31 am ET|
The day after a report surfaced that he has agreed to a contract that would keep him in Foxboro for “a long time” — per the NFL Network — Bill Belichick didn’t offer any clarification on a potential new deal.
“I don’t talk about my personal contract situation,” he said at a Friday press conference. “Sorry.”
According to ESPN, Belichick reportedly last received a new deal in 2007, one that stretched through the 2013 season and paid him $7.5 million annually, according to Forbes. In 2007, he briefly addressed his employment situation, saying he couldn’t see it “changing anytime soon.”
‘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,’ he 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.’
According to Forbes, Belichick has been one of the highest-paid coaches in American professional sports for the last several years. At $7.5 million, he’s currently tied for second on the list of highest-paid coaches (with Chiefs coach Andy Reid), trailing only Saints coach Sean Payton, who reportedly hauls in a cool $8 million annually.