Invoice Simmons pitches plan for a way Patriots can land one other first-round choose in 2024


The Patriots must shore up a number of areas of their depth chart this offseason.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, in Foxborough, Mass.
Invoice Belichick could possibly be a possible commerce chip for New England, as unlikely as that is likely to be. (AP Photograph/Greg M. Cooper)

The Patriots have the technique of bolstering their league-worst offense this offseason due to the No. 3 choose within the 2024 NFL Draft.

However given the failings current at a number of vital areas of New England’s depth chart, the Patriots are in determined want of an injection of expertise at a number of positions.

Despite the fact that a franchise QB stands as New England’s prime precedence because it appears to be like to rebuild following a disastrous 2023 season, the Patriots might additionally use a confirmed No. 1 large receiver (similar to Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr.) and a left deal with for the longer term to bolster their play within the trenches.

As priceless as that No. 3 choose is likely to be for New England, the Patriots received’t be capable of repair all of their points on offense over the winter.

One factor that would assist New England’s efforts is one other first-round choose, permitting the Patriots to doubtlessly kill two birds with one stone on April 25.

However given how coveted first-round picks are, do the Patriots actually have the technique of buying such priceless capital within the coming months?

Longtime Boston sports activities scribe and The Ringer founder Invoice Simmons mapped out a possible offseason plan the place New England might add one other first-round choose — and it includes buying and selling Invoice Belichick to a different crew.

With Belichick acknowledging on Monday that he’s nonetheless beneath contract in New England, Simmons provided up a situation the place the Patriots finally deal Belichick to the Falcons — gaining Atlanta’s first-round choose (No. 8 general) in return. 

“This leads me to suppose the Falcons are going to be granted permission to speak to Invoice Belichick,” Simmons mentioned Tuesday morning in a video posted to X. “[New England will say] ‘Certain, we’ll offer you permission. Go discuss to them.’ They’ve the eighth choose within the draft.

“The Patriots’ second-round choose is No. 35. I believe this results in the Patriots launch Belichick from his contract, the Falcons give them the eighth choose, the Patriots give them Belichick and No. 35, which might give the Patriots the third and the eighth picks within the draft. Everyone’s completely satisfied.”

Such a transfer would possible be a coup for the Patriots, a minimum of if New England is already set on transferring on from Belichick and appointing a brand new head coach like Mike Vrabel or Jerod Mayo.

But it surely’s a situation visualized by way of some Patriots-tinted lenses.

Even although the Falcons have reportedly expressed curiosity in Belichick, Belichick would additionally must need to go to Atlanta with a purpose to really facilitate a deal.

However past that, Atlanta (and albeit, any crew) possible isn’t going to need to half methods with a top-10 choose for Belichick. Even along with his unquestioned resume, Belichick isn’t precisely a long-term fixture for any franchise at 71 years previous.

And although he could possibly be simply what a contending crew wants in 2024, Belichick’s monitor file through the post-Brady Period in Foxborough (29-38 file, one playoff win) has been removed from sterling.

Contemplating that the writing could possibly be on the wall that Belichick’s time in New England is coming to a detailed, Atlanta might both wait issues out and see if the Patriots simply fireplace Belichick — or make the swap with decrease draft compensation, contemplating that the Patriots don’t precisely have the leverage right here.

No matter what Robert Kraft and the Patriots determine to do with Belichick, it looks as if an extended shot that New England enters the 2024 Draft with one other top-10 choose.