Pioli has said he'll fulfill contract

Updated: February 13, 2005, 9:10 PM ET
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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has lost his two coordinators, but it's looking like there's less a chance he could lose his right-hand man.

The Seattle Seahawks received permission to talk to Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli for their position of president of football operations, The Boston Globe reported.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen learned Seahawks owner Paul Allen reportedly offered Pioli more than $3 million a year to join the Seahawks. But Pioli is resisting the temptation and as of now plans to return to his job with the Patriots, honoring a contract that runs through May 2006. It is believed Pioli is making $800,000 a year in his current position.

Seattle has lost three top executives since the season's end as Allen reshuffles his football management team.

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