Patriots: This Jarrett Stidham trade destination feels like best fit
By Jerry Trotta
The New England Patriots still haven’t named their starting quarterback for 2021, though that figures to change in a matter of weeks once training camp is over.
It’s been widely reported that Cam Newton and No. 15 overall pick Mac Jones will go head-to-head for the starting job at camp and, while Newton’s veteran status would suggest he has the edge in the competition, Jones is going to give him everything he can handle.
This open competition leaves Jarrett Stidham on the roster bubble entering camp, especially following the Patriots surprise re-signing of veteran Brian Hoyer.
Taking that into account, it might be in the organization’s best interest to trade Stidham, who couldn’t even get a start last season amid Newton’s struggles. If it didn’t happen for the 2019 fourth-rounder then, it might never happen for him with the Patriots.
While trading Stidham sounds great in theory, which team would be the best fit?
What’s the best trade destination for Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham?
Stidham beginning training camp on the physically-unable to perform (PUP) list just further foreshadows that he doesn’t have a future in Foxborough. Where the former Auburn star could revive his career, however, is in Dallas as Dak Prescott’s potential backup.
Despite the fact that Prescott is coming off a compound fracture to his ankle, which ended his season in Week 5 last year, the Cowboys are somehow still searching for a backup. As things stand, Dallas has just Cooper Rush, Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert behind him on the depth chart.
While Stidham obviously isn’t a world-beater, he could potentially leapfrog any one of those options and make a new name for himself in Big-D. With the current QB market bereft of any quality veterans — unless you rate Matt Barkley as the second coming of Ryan Fitzpatrick — the Cowboys might have to orchestrate a trade to ensure they have insurance behind Prescott.
Something to think about for Bill Belichick, who could look to recoup a seventh-round draft selection or maybe one of Dallas’ fifth- or sixth-string receivers in return.
On a quick side note, the real perfect destination for Stidham would be the Jets. After all, they currently have a bunch of no-names in line to backup No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson.
The only caveat, however, is that Belichick would never trade a QB who has knowledge of the Patriots’ offensive (and maybe defensive?) systems to a division rival with a first-year head coach who’s coming over from the NFC West, which is a whole new world compared to the NFC East.
Assuming that sentiment holds true, Dallas feels like the perfect destination for Stidham.