Belichick reportedly gets extension

Posted: September 17, 2007

Coach Bill Belichick has agreed to a long-term contract extension with the New England Patriots, ESPN.com reported last night.

Citing league sources and others close to the 55-year-old coach, the Web site said the deal would keep the coach with the Patriots at least through the 2013 season.

ESPN.com said the new pact was agreed upon before the recent "spying" scandal in which the Patriots were punished by the NFL.

Neither Belichick nor Patriots executives have ever discussed details of the coach's contract. But at the beginning of this summer's training camp, Belichick had said emphatically that he hoped to remain in New England.

No spying. In his first televised interview about the spying incident, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told NBC last night that he reserved the right to expand the punishment if he learned additional or different information.

Goodell also said he believed New England owner Robert Kraft, who told the commissioner he was not aware of any wrongdoing.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said new memos on videotaping and electronic surveillance of signals have gone out to all 32 teams, reminding them of bans on spying.

Cameras are rolling. Terrell Owens' short side trip into cinematography cost the Dallas Cowboys 15 yards yesterday. Not that it mattered a whole lot in the 'Boys' 37-20 rout of Miami.

Tony Romo had put Dallas ahead by 30-13 with four minutes left by throwing a 34-yard TD pass on fourth down to T.O., who celebrated by leaning against the goalpost and holding the ball to his face as if filming with it.

Owens was penalized 15 yards for "using the goalpost as a prop."

"It was all in good fun," T.O. said. "I hope they don't give me a hefty fine like they gave Belichick."

History lesson. Cincinnati's Carson Palmer threw six TD passes and Cleveland's Derek Anderson threw five as the Browns outlasted the Bengals, 51-45.

It was just the third time in NFL history that QBs each threw five TD passes in the same game. Oakland's Tom Flores (six) and Houston's George Blanda (five) did it on Dec. 22, 1963, in the Dark Ages of the AFL. Billy Kilmer of New Orleans (six) and Charley Johnson of St. Louis (six) did it on Nov. 5, 1969.

- Compiled by Don McKee

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