3. Carolina Panthers
After Carolina parted ways with head coach Frank Reich after only 11 games this season, the Panthers have entered the mix as a potential landing spot for Belichick per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. According to Volin, that take is informed by NFL sources close to Belichick and those familiar with the league's coaching market.
Owner David Tepper employs a hands-on ownership style, having held weekly post-game meetings with Reich. After 24 years in New England with nearly unchecked power as head coach and general manager, it is hard to imagine Belichick would want to take orders at this point in his career.
Tepper has created such an unmitigated disaster in Charlotte that the franchise has been dubbed the "New Browns." Carolina sits at 1-10 and have looked like one of the most uncompetitive teams in football, having been outscored by 119 points this season. They also do not currently hold a first-round pick for next year's draft, having included the pick in a pre-daft last season to move up to number one overall.
Working with a young quarterback, this year's first overall pick Bryce Young, could be an attractive draw for many coaches, but Belichick is far from a quarterback guru (as evidenced in New England this season).
Carolina gets a spot higher on the list because Tepper would reportedly be "starstruck" by the possibility of Belichick and relentlessly pursue him. However, the belief is that Belichick's preference at this stage in his career would be to walk into a win-now situation, rather than a full-send rebuild like the one required in Carolina.