Bill Belichick

Report: Bill Belichick, Patriots agreed to long-term contract over the offseason

The Patriots, sitting at 1-5 entering Week 7, are off to their worst start in the Belichick era

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Bill Belichick has been under fire with the New England Patriots struggling to start the 2023 NFL season.

But according to one NFL insider, the six-time Super Bowl-winning head coach might not have to worry about his job security.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday morning that Belichick "quietly" agreed to a lucrative multi-year new contract over the offseason. So, even with the Patriots sitting at 1-5, he isn't expecting owner Robert Kraft to make a change -- at least not during the season.

"Would Robert Kraft make a move mid-season? Would he make a move at all? My understanding is that he would not be inclined to make a move mid-season, but allow me to add some news," Rapoport said on NFL Network on Sunday.

"Sources say Bill Belichick, during the offseason, quietly agreed to terms on a lucrative multi-year new contract. His contract is one of the most closely held secrets in New England. With that said, I think it's fair to say there was some at least some uncertainty or intrigue surrounding him. Now, contractually, he is locked up long-term. This, at least, adds some context with the Patriots committing to the greatest coach in history long-term."

Speculation about Belichick's job security has increased in recent weeks with the Patriots in a tailspin. He would likely have several suitors if the club did move on. Belichick has 330 wins as a head coach, including the postseason, which is just 17 behind Don Shula for the most all-time.

While Rapoport didn't outright dismiss the possibility that Kraft could fire Belichick, it appears more unlikely with this news.

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