Contract extension for Belichick

July 23, 2003 at 3:13 PM

FOXBORO, Mass., July 23 (UPI) -- The New England Patriots have given a contract extension to Coach Bill Belichick.

It came on the first day of training camp on Wednesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

""We've extended his agreement by two years, making it a seven-year agreement," said team owner Robert Kraft.

Belichick originally signed a five-year deal in 2000. He went 5-11 in his first season before rebounding to an 11-5 Super Bowl championship season in 2001.

Last season, his team finished in a 9-7 tie for first place in the AFC East. They missed the playoffs by virtue of the tie-breaking system.

"It's a real thrill for me to be a part of the Kraft Family and this organization," Belichick said. "I'm pleased that Mr. Kraft has chosen to extend my agreement here."

Belichick is 25-23 with New England, and was 36-44 in five years as head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 1991-1995. His overall head record is 61-67.

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