The New England Patriots should consider signing veteran free agent quarterback Matt Moore to a one-year contract heading into this season.
The New England Patriots might not have been as interested in veteran free agent quarterback Andy Dalton — who signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys — as we all originally thought.
However, the Patriots have made it clear that they plan on adding a third quarterback to the roster for the regular season.
The Patriots passed on the opportunity to draft one of the top quarterbacks who came out of the 2020 NFL Draft. To add competition to the quarterback room of the young second-year draftee Jarrett Stidham — who is the presumed starter in 2020 — and veteran Brian Hoyer, the Patriots signed two undrafted rookie free agent quarterbacks, J’mar Smith and Brian Lewerke, in the days after the draft.
It’s fair to say that if the Patriots truly believe that Stidham is going to be the next franchise quarterback, then he would have greatly benefited from sitting behind Tom Brady for another year or two. But since that is no longer an option in New England, perhaps Stidham could still learn from a more established veteran quarterback that is not named Brian Hoyer.
There is still a veteran free agent quarterback who is currently available that will immediately improve a team’s depth chart. This player will also fit within the Patriots’ depleted salary cap, and is a player that can also add professionalism and dedication to the quarterback depth chart.
That quarterback is Matt Moore, who just contributed to the Kansas City Chiefs winning the Super Bowl last year.
Moore went undrafted in 2007 and has spent his career being a backup quarterback for multiple teams, but most recently last year with the Kansas City Chiefs. After spending a year out of football, Moore was the current coach of a high school team when the Chiefs signed him in the wake of an injury to Chad Henne, who was the original backup to Patrick Mahomes.
Due to a dislocated kneecap that had Mahomes sidelined for two weeks, Moore stepped in and went 1-1 while providing solid outings in the absence of Mahomes.
The most impressive part of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl run last year has to be when Mahomes went down and Moore stepped up to the plate for Kansas City, thus showing that he is in fact a quality backup quarterback on a good team.
A backup quarterback has all of a sudden become one of the most valuable positions on a roster. In recent years, Nick Foles, Ryan Tannehill, Teddy Bridgewater, and now Matt Moore have all been successful in quarterbacking their teams as needed.
Because of that, Foles Tannehill, and Bridgewater have all landed starting jobs in 2020.
I’m not saying that Moore should be the starter for the New England Patriots, but he could certainly beat out Hoyer for the backup position — who is now on his third stint as being the backup of the Patriots.
With all things considered in regards to the quarterback group this year, the Patriots could improve the position by signing Moore to a one-year contract. Moore is 36 years old and could even be given the veterans minimum in 2020, which New England can surprisingly afford.
All in all, the young quarterbacks on the team would learn more moving forward from Matt Moore being on the team than they would from Brian Hoyer.