Bill Belichick’s busy offseason will continue well into April.
New England’s Jeff Howe remains “determined to exhaust” all quarterback options this offseason, either drafting a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft or trading for a veteran passer, says Athletic’s Jeff Howe. .
The snag in the drafting: San Francisco blockbuster goes to # 3 Overall complicating the situation, with speculation estimating that three-quarters could enter the top three in this year’s NFL Draft. There could be five QBs in the first round – and all five could be taken in the top 10.
This complicates things for New England, who sit 15th in the draft. In order to take a high-caliber perspective, they will likely have to progress. How far is the bigger question: The Falcons (No.4), Panthers (No.7) and Broncos (No.9) are all in the quarterback market and could potentially take a quarterback. back this year.
The Atlanta selection at No. 4 is particularly intriguing. While the Falcons would hardly be expected to trade the No.4 pick for Division rival Carolina, that still leaves a lot of teams for New England to jump in, and it would come at a cost.
Howe also mentioned that Jimmy Garoppolo could be a commercial target for New England. The Patriots shipped Jimmy G to San Francisco in 2017 after many Garoppolos admitted Garoppolo was the alleged heir to Brady in New England. Trade rumors have surrounded Garoppolo, although reports indicate that San Francisco has no intention of trading him.
New England targeting quarterback makes sense: Cam Newton, although productive on the field in 2020, has had a less than good season passing the ball and Belichick will likely be looking for a future quarterback to compete with Newton or close at hand. the reins in 2022.
The Patriots have done a lot to accentuate Newton’s skills this offseason – signing tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry to important deals, bolstering the pass attack at mid-range. But the New England additions will help any passer, veteran or draft.