Tucked in the transcript of Bill Belichick’s introductory press conference was a tiny exchange the likes of which we haven’t seen since that day in 2000.
He hasn’t publicly uttered a word about his contract since. The only times we’ve gotten any news at all about his contract status was in 2007 when, in the days following Spygate, it was reported Belichick signed an extension through 2013. In 2013, it was reported Belichick had an extension that would keep him in place “a long time,” according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
So when does Belichick’s current contract run out? Don’t know. And I was told by a source that, at this point, it doesn’t really matter.
Belichick turns 65 in April. The Patriots aren’t going to fire him and he isn’t going to resign to seek another head-coaching opportunity. He’s going to coach until he doesn’t want to coach anymore and then head to Nantucket/Jupiter, Florida.
When will that be?
A win over the Falcons could provide Belichick with a stunning walk-into-the-sunset moment, as he’d be alone at the top with five Lombardi Trophies earned (surpassing Chuck Noll whose Steelers won four for him). But there’s nothing to indicate Belichick’s near done.
My best guess? He’ll wrap it up after the 2019 season, when he’ll be 68 and will have just completed 20 years in New England.
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