Bill Belichick will return next season

January, 21, 2013
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Although there wasn't any reason to doubt otherwise, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick says he will return to New England for a 14th season. Belichick is currently the NFL’s longest-tenured coach now that Andy Reid was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles.

"You'll have to deal with me again next year. I know that's disappointing for a lot of you," Belichick said to reporters Monday morning. "Until I'm told otherwise, I plan on being here."

Belichick also is the NFL's highest-paid coach at $7.5 million per season and is beloved by owner Robert Kraft. Belichick continues to win AFC East titles and make deep postseason runs. He has arguably the best job security of any NFL head coach.

My guess is Belichick will remain in New England for at least the remainder of quarterback Tom Brady's career. They are the all-time winningest coach and quarterback combination in NFL history, and both have said they'd prefer not to work with anyone else.

Brady, 35, says he wants to play until he's 40. I'm not sure Brady can take the physical pounding for that long. But Brady -- and Belichick -- should be around for the Patriots at least another two or three seasons.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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