According to Mike Giardi, the New England Patriots have explored the possibility of adding a veteran quarterback to their room in 2023. This is an interesting but not entirely surprising developement.
The regression of Mac Jones and long-term unknowns of Bailey Zappe does give the team a clear avenue to add a veteran signal caller in the 2023 season.
This is a smart idea, but if Jones isn’t playing well and would need pulled, the Patriots surely won’t do much damage if they are then having to play a veteran QB addition. It might just be best to ride it out with Jones and Zappe for 2023, but bringing in someone with some experience and potential leadership could pay off.
Two names that stick out to me at the moment are Teddy Bridgewater, a high quality backup/spot starter and Carson Wentz, a Super Bowl winning QB who perhaps has the highest variance of any QB in the league.
Wentz might be a great choice, honestly. He played well in 2021 with the Indianapolis Colts before being shipped off to the Washington Commanders, where he fizzled out.
Bridgewater spent this past season in Miami with the Dolphins.
Either of Bridgewater or Wentz would function well as the QB2 for the Patriots and could also be carried over to future seasons if the Patriots were to dump Mac Jones for a rookie draft pick or another young QB.
I’m thinking that most every option is on the table for the Pats this offseason. I could totally see them making a big move for Lamar Jackson, trading Jones for whatever they can get and signing someone else to be the backup.
I could also see them sticking with Mac Jones in 2023 with Zappe and another veteran QB addition to the room.
There is so much yet that can still change for the Pats.