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Could Bill Belichick reunite with Tom Brady in 2024?

Bill Belichick at a press conference

Nov 10, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to the media before an NFL International Series practice at the Deutcher Fussball-Bund facility. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick is almost certainly not going to land an NFL head coach job for the 2024 season, and there has been a lot of speculation that he could venture into broadcasting. If he does decide to go that route, Belichick could reunite with his former quarterback.

According to a report from Russ Weakland of the Daily Mail, FOX executives are planning to make Belichick an offer if the 71-year-old decides to take a year off from coaching. The network wants Belichick to join their FOX NFL Sunday coverage.

Tom Brady has a 10-year, $375 million deal with FOX and is expected to become the network’s No. 1 color analyst next season. Though, there have been some questions recently about the changes FOX will have to make to accommodate Brady.

If Belichick does sign a deal with FOX, he would likely serve in a studio analyst role. Sean Payton did that for a year last season after he stepped down as head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Payton then signed a massive contract with the Denver Broncos.

Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski currently works as an analyst with FOX, and Weakland says the network “is talking about getting the band back together.” You can see why the idea of having a platform where Brady, Belichick and Gronkowski can talk shop and potentially share some old stories would be appealing to network executives.

Belichick was viewed as a heavy favorite for one head coach job, but he did not get it. All indications are that he still plans to coach, though he may have to wait until 2025 for an opportunity. If Belichick does take an analyst job, that would help him stay fresh on the minds of teams that may have vacancies a year from now.

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