Patriots cut Cody Kessler as frontrunner to replace Tom Brady emerges

Patriots cut Cody Kessler as frontrunner to replace Tom Brady emerges

The New England Patriots don’t appear to be in a rush to add to their list of potential replacements for departed franchise quarterback Tom Brady.

The Pats ”have expressed no interest” in signing free agent Cam Newton or trading for Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton since Brady signed earlier this month with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the Athletic. They also would need to create significant cap space to facilitate either transaction, with presently only $2.8 million available, the second-lowest total in the league.

As of now, the Patriots’ depth chart at quarterback consists of second-year player Jarrett Stidham and journeyman Brian Hoyer after they released third-stringer Cody Kessler on Wednesday. Kessler, the former third-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, didn’t appear in any games after signing with New England in October.

Stidham, the Pats’ fourth-round pick last year out of Auburn, played in three games and threw only four passes as a rookie, including a pick-6 by Jets safety Jamal Adams in Week 7. But the Patriots seem impressed with what they have seen outside of the game action from the 23-year-old.

Jarrett Stidham; Cody Kessler
Jarrett Stidham; Cody KesslerGetty Images

The Patriots also are likely to select another quarterback in the upcoming draft, although perhaps not with the 23rd overall selection in the first round. Their next pick is the 87th overall selection in the third round.

Head coach Bill Belichick has drafted a quarterback in three of the past four drafts and four of the last six, including Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round in 2014 before trading him to San Francisco in 2017 and Jacoby Brissett in the third round in 2016 before dealing him to Indianapolis the following year.

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