Patriots: Matt Stafford and other QB options in FA and 2021 NFL Draft

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The New England Patriots have been a true dynasty in the NFL under head coach Bill Belichick and former Hall-of-Fame quarterback Tom Brady. The quarterback position has been a tremendous strength for this team since Brady was drafted in the 2000 NFL Draft. New England won six Super Bowls under Brady under a model of extreme consistency and success.

However, Brady and the Patriots parted ways before the 2020 season. As a result, that success and consistent play fell by the wayside. They will be looking to restore that consistency to the offense through free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft. The team signed Cam Newton as a replacement and the former league MVP accounted for eight passing scores and 10 interceptions in a disastrous year for the Patriots.

New England looks unlikely to re-sign Newton for the 2021 campaign and instead look at alternatives under center. Take a look below at some of the options that the Patriots face this offseason in their quest to find the long-term answer at the quarterback position.

Looking at Patriots offseason

With Newton out the door, quarterback remains at the top of the needs list for the Patriots. Unfortunately, however, as they pick 15th overall in the draft, they will likely be out of reach of the big four quarterbacks in Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, and Brigham Young’s Zach Wilson.

With that being said, the Patriots are going to have to get creative in order to land their new quarterback of the future. Here are three avenues they could take this offseason to solve their crisis.

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