Quarterbacks the Patriots Need to Target if They Don't Re-Sign Tom Brady

David Kaestle
Teddy Bridgewater could be a viable option in New England if Tom Brady doesn't return.
Teddy Bridgewater could be a viable option in New England if Tom Brady doesn't return. / Will Vragovic/Getty Images
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The New England Patriots' future is in flux. Franchise quarterback Tom Brady is keeping his decision on where (or if) he will play next season close to the chest. While the general belief for most of the offseason was that he would ultimately find his way back to the Patriots, recent reports have indicated that might not be the case.

Jarett Stidham is set to be the next-in-line starter in New England, but that option doesn't exactly excite the team or the fans like some others might.

So if Brady does indeed move on from New England, whether that be to another team or to the retirement village, let's take a look at a few options the Patriots should consider as a replacement.

1. Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton will be traded or released by the Bengals this offseason.
Andy Dalton will be traded or released by the Bengals this offseason. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Andy Dalton is far from the flashiest option, but he is a solid veteran quarterback that can probably step into any offense in the league and be serviceable. He had his ups and downs in Cincinnati, but in his defense, he was rarely surrounded by much talent. New England would provide a top system along with a great defense to take some pressure off him. As long as they can add some good skill position players in the draft and free agency this offseason, Dalton would step into a great situation playing under a future Hall-of-Fame coach in Bill Belichick.

2. Jacob Eason

Jacob Eason was a standout quarterback at University of Washington.
Jacob Eason was a standout quarterback at University of Washington. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Jacob Eason is an intriguing prospect. He has all the measurables you want in a quarterback, with great size (6 feet 6 inches) and a rocket arm. But that's not to say he doesn't come with some deficiencies. He would most likely be thrown into the fire as a starter from the get-go, but if he's drafted as the quarterback of the future, that would come with the territory, especially since the Patriots have no veteran QBs on the roster to bridge the gap.

3. Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater will look for a starting job elsewhere after Drew Brees returned to New Orleans.
Teddy Bridgewater will look for a starting job elsewhere after Drew Brees returned to New Orleans. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Teddy Bridgewater was already set to be the heir apparent to an all-time great, it was just supposed to be in New Orleans, not New England. However, after Drew Brees announced his return next season, Bridgewater will now be moving on to be a starter somewhere else. He is still young enough to become a franchise quarterback for years to come, but due to injury he hasn't really had the opportunity to show exactly how good he can be. He did lead the Saints to a 5-0 record in five starts he made to cover for an injured Drew Brees in 2019, showing flashes of upside and proving that his health is no issue now. Of all of these options, Bridgewater might have the highest ceiling as of now, but he would also likely be the most expensive.

4. Jordan Love

Jordan loves throws a pass against Wake Forest.
Jordan loves throws a pass against Wake Forest. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Similar to Eason, Jordan Love has a lot of things to love about him, but also some drawbacks. Love also has a huge arm, but he is viewed as more of a project, having thrown 17 picks to 20 TDs last year. If New England sees Love as a guy they can develop into a star, then getting a bridge QB could be the answer until Love is ready to be under center full-time. After all, some see Love as having one of the highest ceilings in this year's QB class. If Belichick agrees, don't be surprised to hear New England call his name, especially if he falls to day 2 of the NFL Draft.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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