Yesterday I discussed that nobody from the NFL 2020 Draft will be the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots this season, that doesn't mean that Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio aren't looking for their future quarterback. the Patriots of course have Jarrett Stidham, but the book is still out on whether or not he could turn into a starting quarterback. According to Patrick Morgan of the musket fire, league sources are saying that the New England Patriots plan to draft a quarterback whether or not they re-sign Tom Brady. That makes a ton of sense, because even if Brady re-signs he'll be 43 years old at the beginning of the season, and at the very best the Patriots have a quarterback for two more years. Finding Brady's replacement now and getting them ready for the 2022 season will be absolutely vital for the long-term health of the organization.
As Morgan pointed out, it's difficult to trust sources these days, and there has been so much speculation and theories flying around about the New England Patriots and more specifically Tom Brady that truth and fiction are starting to blend into one blurry line. But this theory makes a lot of sense compared to some of the other things that we've heard about. As Patriot fans we've been talking about it for a long time, the Patriots need to address the future quarterback situation at some point. Even though at times we think he's not human, at some point Tom Brady will not be playing football at all, and the Patriots need to make sure that they're prepared for when that day comes.
According to Matt Miller from The Bleacher Report, the only thing that's certain when it comes to the New England Patriots quarterback situation right now is, the Patriots are prepared to draft a quarterback, and it has absolutely nothing to do with Tom Brady's status in 2020.
“A quarterback will be drafted by New England this year, according to one source within the team", as per Morgan. "Whether that’s in Round 1 or later depends on Tom Brady’s free-agency decision. League sources still believe Brady returns to the Patriots for 2020.”
The fact that League sources are still believing that Brady will return to the Patriots in 2020 is good news. If we break through and siphon all of the speculation that's been put on the market, a lot of it has been coming from reporters who don't traditionally cover the New England Patriots, or in the past have not been known to have deep reliable sources within the Patriots organization. Right now I believe a lot of people are taking educated guesses or just throwing out every hot take they can think of, because if they're reporting comes true it legitimizes them in their field. This is very similar to Max Kellerman's Cliff theory, a theory that he has held on to for more than four years now because at some points he knows he'll be correct.
But when it comes to the future of the Patriots organization, they need to address the quarterback situation Beyond 2020 and 2021 Besides Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa there aren't any quarterbacks in this year's draft that I would say are instant starters, but there are players like Jordan Love, Justin Herbert, and Jacob Eason who can very well develop into the Patriots franchise quarterback. So, if Belichick was able to cut a deal with Brady for the next two seasons, the Patriots future could be sitting on the bench, and could be ready by the time Tom Brady calls it a career
Even though I have the opinion that Jarrett Stidham will probably never be good enough to be the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots, that doesn't mean that Bill Belichick feels the same way. Bring in another quarterback this year could add some depth and some competition at the quarterback position. Belichick is not afraid to carry three quarterbacks, we saw that in 2016 when he carried Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Jacoby Brissett. We also saw it again last season when Belichick carried Brady, Stidham, and Cody Kessler.
Ideally the Patriots re-sign Tom Brady, have Jarrett Stidham and another young quarterback behind him, allowing the two of them the battle it out over the next two seasons to see who finally emerges as the Patriots next starting quarterback
This is by far has been one of the most interesting and fun Patriots off-seasons to be talking about. Being 15 days away from free agency, two months away from the draft, there are still a lot of puzzles to be solved, and questions to be answered. Until the Patriots actually start OTAs, we're not going to have any idea what New England's roster is going to look like in 2020.