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Robert Kraft knows how much longer Bill Belichick wants to coach

02.02.17 at 12:46 pm ET
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Bill Belichick doesn't appear to be retiring soon. (Thomas J. Russo/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick doesn’t appear to be retiring soon. (Thomas J. Russo/USA Today Sports)

HOUSTON — One of the biggest mysteries of the Patriots franchise is Bill Belichick’s contract and how much longer he wants to coach for.

Apparently, owner Robert Kraft knows, but he’s not going to tell anyone.

“We have a pact that we don’t talk about that,” Kraft said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “He knows and I know. But he won’t be done this year.”

Belichick has been the Patriots coach since 2000 and is 64 years old, but doesn’t sound like he’s in any rush to call it quits.

“I don’t really see it as work,” he said this week. “It’s actually beach working. You get to do what you love to do dealing with a lot of great people. I have a great staff. Players work hard and are very cooperative and compliant. They have a great attitude about teamwork, playing unselfishly and working unselfishly.

“Really doesn’t feel like work. Try and give everyone the opportunity to do their job. We have a lot of people that do it very well. A great coaching staff and a great group of players. I have a lot of respect for all of them. I try and stay out of the way and let them do their job. They all do it pretty well.”

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