New England Patriots
Annual Salary: $7.5 million
Career Record: 187-101 (64.9%)
Belichick is arguably the NFL's best tactician, evidenced by the fact that the Patriots have won 72.6% of their games and made five trips to the Super Bowl since he took over in 2000. Sean Payton's new contract brings an end to Belichick's two-year reign as the highest-paid coach in American sports and his three-year run as highest-paid in the NFL.
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