REPORT: New England Patriots Working to Strike a Deal With Las Vegas Raiders on This Quarterback

Published 05/13/2022, 12:10 PM EDT
New England Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham throws during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

The New England Patriots are trying to outshine the opponents with strategic moves and employing some space in their salary cap. The Patriots are releasing backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham to the Las Vegas Raiders with a seventh-round pick of the 2023 NFL draft pick.

The Patriots will receive a sixth-round selection in the 2023 NFL draft. Moreover, a leg space to adjust their salary cap as they have been staggered for the past few weeks now. The move comes days after the Patriots drafted Bailey Zappe out of Western Kentucky in this year’s draft. The 25-year-old quarterback is scheduled to earn a base salary of $965,000 entering his fourth season of the rookie contract.

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Stidham came to the Patriots from the 2019 draft class. He appeared in only eight games over his three NFL seasons. While the rest of the time, he was waiting as a reserve in the locker room.

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In his professional career, Stidham completed 48 of 124 passes for 270 yards, with two touchdowns and four interceptions. There was a time when Stidham was speculated to replace Tom Brady on the roster but signing Cam Newton and veteran Brian Hoyer mitigated his chances to contend for the spot.

What’s next for the New England Patriots post Jarrett Stidham?

Senior NFL Reporter Albert Brewer clarified the deal on Thursday. “Source: The Patriots are working on a trade to send QB Jarrett Stidham to the Raiders. The teams will flip late-round picks in the deal.” he wrote on Twitter.

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Once the deal is officiated, the New England Patriots will have Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL draft. Zappe has an impressive college record. During his time at Western Kentucky, he got 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns. Moreover, he is going to secure a spot as the third-string quarterback behind backup Brian Hoyer and Jones.

So the Patriots already have enough QBs to fill the rooms; however, the question is, do they have someone as impactful as the 44-year-old Tom Brady on the roster.

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Maybe his time at Patriots was not very eventful. But his future looks bright as he joins Derek Carr and Nick Mullens. Moreover, the Raiders also have a third-string QB in the form of Garrett Gilbert, who the team signed back in March and will serve as a prime competitor for Stidham to plunge his roots in the AFC West.

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Deepesh Nair

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Deepesh Nair is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having started his career in journalism as a trending news writer, he has published around 500 articles for various media portals. Although Deepesh comes from a Computer Science background, his fondness for writing has persuaded him to create his career in it.

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