Why Pats can't afford for Belichick decision to be a drawn-out process

If Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots' longtime head coach and general manager, wants to leave, they might as well trade him for something valuable. 

Kraft and co. won't rush to make such a move at season's end.NFL Media's Ian Rapoport wrote over the weekend "Belichick's future is expected to be decided next month.

In a recent Patriots Talk Podcast, Tom E. Curran warned that waiting for the best compensation could hinder the team's head coach transition.

Quick Slants' Curran elaborated on Tuesday. Defending Bill Belichick and starting a bidding war won't help the Patriots "Curran said.

Say they get a second-round pick from the Los Angeles Chargers in exchange for Bill Belichick. That would take three weeks to happen.

That gives the new coach three weeks less to get the team ready. It's been three weeks less since there was a personnel department with a clear plan for 2024.

If the Patriots decide to trade Belichick after those talks, which could last for weeks, they would need to find teams that want to trade for him.

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