The Patriots are not willing to let Bill Belichick depart without receiving something in return.
As the New England Patriots grapple with a challenging 2-8 start this season, questions have arisen about Belichick’s job security. While the possibility of firing Belichick or mutually parting ways exists, another option on the table is to trade the six-time Super Bowl champion head coach.
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio delved into this scenario, speculating that the Patriots could explore trading Belichick to an AFC West franchise. Paolantonio envisioned a discussion between team owners Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft and Belichick, proposing a potential trade to an organization like the LA Chargers, where Belichick could pursue breaking Don Shula’s record for most wins, partnering with quarterback Justin Herbert.
“They’re not going to fire Bill Belichick, they’re going to trade Bill Belichick,” Paolantonio said on Get Up Tuesday, via NESN. “They have the rights to Bill Belichick, so this is the big decision. Robert Kraft, Jonathan Kraft, they have to sit down with Bill Belichick and say, ‘All right, we have a big opportunity. You have an opportunity to perhaps go to the LA Chargers. We’re talking the Spanos family, and we’re going to make a trade for you so that you can perhaps — this is the deal, right? You can get the record Don Shula has for most wins with Justin Herbert, with the LA Chargers.’ That’s the thing. But it’s a big divorce, no question about it. It will be the No. 1 story of the offseason: What’s happening with Bill Belichick.”
While the Chargers are not the sole team linked to Belichick, the idea of a trade opens up intriguing possibilities. With Brandon Staley’s coaching position at the Chargers potentially uncertain, Belichick’s name has been connected to the team.
Belichick’s job appears secure at least until the end of the regular season. The upcoming game against the 3-8 New York Giants will offer additional insights into the team’s trajectory.
If Belichick aims to pursue records, finding a team not in rebuilding mode may be essential for the veteran coach. The potential trade of Belichick would undoubtedly become a prominent storyline during the offseason, adding further anticipation to the NFL narrative.