The Patriots are preparing to hire the next head coach, according to sources familiar with the situation.
The Patriots announced Wednesday that they’ve hired former Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor as their next head man.
Sources tell ESPN that Lazor is in the final stages of preparing a new contract for Belichick and that it will be announced on Wednesday.
Lazor, a former Miami defensive coordinator, was in the market for a new gig when the Dolphins fired Tom Coughlin and brought in Mike Sherman to lead the team.
Lazor, who was the Dolphins offensive co-coordinator in 2016 and coached quarterbacks in 2017, was not a fan of the Coughlins plan.
Belichick said in October that he wanted to move on from Lazor.
Lazers contract includes a $15 million base salary for three years and $15.5 million in guarantees, according a source familiar with it.
It also includes a roster bonus of $7.5 to $8.5.
The final guaranteed money is $12.5M for 2017.
It is not known whether the Patriots will use the roster bonus to keep defensive end Chandler Jones and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
The Patriots are expected to hire Lazor in late October.
They have interviewed several candidates including former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Brandon Beane, Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, Miami Dolphins head coach Mike Sherman, Miami Patriots head coach Josh McDaniels, and New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles.