Assessing Patriots QB options for 2021 (and beyond)

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Bill Belichick and the Patriots have a quarterback decision this offseason with plenty of options.

the New England Patriots had to face the afterlife Tom Brady in the 2020 season, using Cam Newton to try to be the guy to fill at quarterback.

That, of course, didn’t go too well and they finished 7-9 as Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl.

More than Chowder and Champions

As they head into the offseason, the only quarterback the Patriots have signed on the roster is Jarrett Stidham. After this past season, it looks like Stidham won’t be the solution going forward.

That means it’s time for the Patriots to look elsewhere. The Patriots are expected to have about $60 million in cap space for the upcoming season, giving them more cash to spend than they’ve had in years.

Whether through free agency, trade or the draft, there is a real opportunity to not only find a quarterback for 2021, but beyond.

New England Patriots Free Agency Options

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott is unlikely to hit the free agent market this offseason, as the Dallas Cowboys have been open enough to want to re-sign their franchise quarterback.

The only question is really following his major injury during the season, could the Cowboys consider leaving Prescott? We never know. If he became available in an unforeseen situation, the Patriots would be at the top of the list.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

It would be crazy not to consider Fitzpatrick, wouldn’t it? He’s been here, there and all over the NFL.

If he were to join the Patriots, he would not only complete his AFC East bingo card, but would also be an ideal option as a backup or bridge option if the Patriots wanted to sign a rookie quarterback and retain them.

There must be some serious consideration for “FitzMagic” this offseason.

James Winston

Jameis Winston took a year off to pursue a starting role to be Drew Brees’ quarterback. However, when Brees was injured, he didn’t get a chance to start.

Instead, it was Taysom Hill who got the opportunity. Winston did show up in the playoffs, however, hitting a 56-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith.

The quarterback has what it takes to start in the league and could be a better choice for Bill Belichick if he wants to try to save Winston’s career. There is real potential here.

Mitchell Trubisky

Former No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky showed signs last year that could lead to the Chicago Bears retaining him after all, but many expect the quarterback to enter free agency and the Patriots seem like a perfect place.

The contract shouldn’t be huge and could very well be a one-year deal for him to try and prove his stuff.

While many league fans are probably worried about having him play quarterback for the team, Patriots fans should welcome him because he could develop under Belichick and company.

Jacoby Brisset

Hello, my old friend. Jacoby Brisset is at the top of anyone’s list when it comes to potential Patriots quarterbacks this season due to familiarity. He won’t cost much in any way and could be another deck option to pair with a rookie quarterback. The Indianapolis Colts will likely try to bring him back due to Philip Rivers retire, so it’s worth noting here.

Cam Newton

And finally, the possible return. Belichick has showered Newton with compliments throughout the season and there’s always a chance he could bring him back as a bridge option. Of course, that’s what many fans are hoping against, but it’s very possible that it could happen. So be ready.

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