Although the future of Bill Belichick in New England is not yet clear despite the contradicting rumors suggesting a decision has already been made, it is reportedly not deterring teams with potential head coaching vacancies from looking into the idea of hiring the legendary coach in 2024.
The assumption has been that if Robert Kraft decides to move on from Belichick in one way or another, teams in need of new personnel may be hesitant to hire him, mainly due to his recent unfavorable seasons in New England. Plus, the possibility he wants to remain as a general manager, which is not something most teams will want to take on.
But that hesitancy that has been discussed in recent weeks doesn't appear to be the truth, at least according to the Boston Sports Journal's Greg Bedard. In a recently published article, Bedard reveals he has heard about more than one team "sniffing around" Belichick amidst the rumors and uncertainty of his time with the Patriots.
He notes he has not heard about teams having direct contact with him, obviously, but it's a development that could ultimately work in favor of Kraft if he hopes to trade Belichick rather than outright fire him.
"I know this for a fact: More than one organization has already been sniffing around Belichick. I don’t know if that means having contact with him directly, but I doubt it. Belichick’s no dummy. That would void his contract and, therefore, the leverage to script his own exit – which he very much wants."
Who the teams are that have shown interest was not revealed, but teams like the Chargers, Commanders and Panthers have all been discussed as potential landing spots, as two of the teams have already fired their head coaches this season.
It proves that Belichick will likely have options if he does want to continue coaching, and it could be the simplest way for a breakup to get done.