New England needs to do something to show they’re not punting on the quarterback position
As quarterback dominoes continue to fall around the NFL, it’s time for the Patriots to figure out their plan at signal caller.
They’ve had a great offseason so far after a disappointing 2020 campaign. With a lot of cap space to work with, Bill Belichick and the front office went on a free agent frenzy last month. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the team shelled out an NFL record $159.6 million in guaranteed money for the players they’re bringing in.
They boosted their front seven with the signings of Matt Judon, Davon Godchaux, and Henry Anderson. They improved their weapons on offense by bringing in the top two tight ends on the market in Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, and two productive wide receivers in Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. They were also able to retain center David Andrews, running back James White, and bring back linebacker Kyle Van Noy. All the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place.
Except for the quarterback position.
The Patriots can’t go into 2021 with a quarterback room of just Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham. After Monday’s Sam Darnold to Carolina trade, another team that isn’t the Patriots was able to find their guy. Below are the two options New England should consider to help improve their quarterback room for 2021.
Option A: Trade Up in April’s Draft for a Quarterback
The Patriots should throw the kitchen sink at the Atlanta Falcons for the fourth pick in the draft. After San Francisco’s trade up to the third pick, the first three selections are likely to all be quarterbacks. Chris Simms, who is close with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, said on PFF Live that he’d be “shocked” if they didn’t take Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. ESPN’s NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay said he is “hearing a lot of noise” that Jones is their preference at pick number 3.
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