Bill Belichick: 'I'm glad we have [Marcus Cannon] going forward'

Ryan Hannable
November 30, 2016 - 5:25 am
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[caption id="attachment_114261" align="alignright" width="400"]Bill Belichick seemed pleased to have Marcus Cannon around for the next five years. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports) Bill Belichick seemed pleased to have Marcus Cannon around for the next five years. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)[/caption] FOXBORO -- On Tuesday, there was a report of the Patriots extending right tackle Marcus Cannon for five years and although Bill Belichick wouldn't directly confirm the deal, he all but said it was true while praising the TCU product. "Marcus is having a good season," Belichick said on Wednesday. "He's been a good player for us. He's had to fill in when Sebastian [Vollmer] and Nate [Solder] in previous years. We felt like we've had three good tackles and usually two of the three have ended up playing, how ever it went. It's varied from year-to-year over the last few years, but Marcus has always done a solid job for us whenever he's played. I'm glad we have him going forward. "He works hard. Quiet kid, but he's very dependable. Team-oriented. He's done a good job for us in the running game, in the passing game. Good player." Cannon has started 10 of the 11 games this year, as he missed Week 5 with a calf injury. He's having his best season as a professional, which is likely due to having offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia back on the staff, but also losing weight in the offseason. The extension is reportedly worth $32.5 million with $14.5 million guaranteed. This likely means Vollmer is done in New England as the 32-year-old will be a free agent after the season. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.