The 49ers on Thursday signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a record five-year contract worth $137.5 million to make him the highest paid player in the league, NFL Network reported.
Former Patriots defensive coordinators Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini also left to take head coaching jobs.
Belichick’s coaching tree is extensive and will continue to grow as long as he remains the Patriots coach. How long might that be? At 65, he is likely tied at the hip with Brady, 40, who was the NFL MVP in 2017 after leading the league with 4,577 passing yards.
Completed just in time for the 2017 football season, Mercedes-Benz Stadium seats 71,000 people but can expand to seat more than 80,000. It’s equipped with a uniquely designed retractable roof, which, if closed, hopefully won’t be leaking by the time the Super Bowl arrives in 2019.
When the venue was being built, reasonable stadium food prices were touted as revolutionary, and sure enough, Falcons concession revenue went up in the stadium’s first year. Yes, the building located in the heart of Atlanta has a Chick-fil-A inside. No, there is no word on whether it will be open on Super Bowl Sunday.
“If I had run out of bounds it would have definitely been unfortunate. But my football instincts kicked in.”
On what he was seeing as he ran down the sideline: “I actually was watching the fans. Everyone was standing up and just going crazy. To see that — my eyes were wide open. ‘I’m really about to score.’ I thought I was going out of bounds.”
On his emotions following the touchdown: “I was just so happy, especially at that moment. All the work paid off, being in the position I was in, all that. If you put in the work, it will pay off. I’m just thankful to God.”
On whether the extra attention is getting to him: “It’s a moment I’ll never forget. It’s something I’ll forever be grateful for. I won’t be sick of it for another 100 years.”
On the quarterback situation in Minnesota and whether the uncertainty affects things: “Not for me — it really doesn’t change things for me. For me, I have to get back to work and run around some routes and catch some balls, no matter who it is coming from.