Ever since Tom Brady left the New England Patriots in unrestricted free agency to sign a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there has been speculation about what the team would do to replace him – from the editorial staff of a quarterback in one of the first rounds, to sign free agents Cam Newton or Jameis Winston, to acquire Andy Dalton via the Cincinnati Bengal trade. However, one after the other did not materialize.
The Patriots did not choose a quarterback in the repechage (they did not select one at all), while Winston joined the New Orleans Saints and New England showed no interest in Newton . Now Dalton is also out of the picture: after his release from the Bengals, who made LSU QB Joe Burrow the first draft pick last week, the 32-year-old accepted a one-year deal with the Cowboys from Dallas.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which first signaled the signing, the contract is worth up to $ 7 million and includes $ 3 million in guarantees. While this is a solid backup deal with considerable start-up experience – the former second-round draft pick began a combination of 137 regular season and playoff games in Cincinnati between 2011 and 2019 – any deal in this stadium was probably too rich for the Patriots if they had been interested in acquiring Dalton.
So where does all of this leave New England? Where the team has been since Brady’s departure, and perhaps even before that: Jarrett Stidham, a fourth-round pick last spring, remains the favorite to capture the starting position after a year as a duplicate of Brady. Brian Hoyer will serve as a veteran presence and an emergency back-up behind him, with draft recruits Brian Lewerke and J’Mar Smith fighting for third place on the quarterback depth table or a team spot. training.