The New England Patriots made some interesting moves over the past week, causing many to speculate on what they could be doing.
According to Bleacher Report AFC East lead writer Erik Frenz for Boston.com, the Patriots will be hosting both Bridgewater and Manziel before the draft for official visits. The Patriots have the 29th pick in this year's draft.
There could be a number of reasons the team decided to bring them in. One of the reasons Frenz brings up is that the Patriots could use them as trade bait:
It's not out of the question that one of these players could free fall on draft day—just ask Jets quarterback Geno Smith, who was considered by many to be the best quarterback in the 2013 class, only to fall all the way out of the first round. If that happens to either Bridgewater or Manziel, the Patriots could raise the asking price if a team wants to take whichever one is available.
Bringing in both players could very well be a smokescreen, but there's a chance the Patriots could very well be looking for the eventual replacement for Tom Brady, who is 36 years old. His career is starting to wind down, and the Patriots need to start thinking about who the next franchise quarterback will be.
If one of these quarterbacks falls to late in the first round, the Patriots could pick him up and develop him under Brady for the next few years until Brady retires. The Green Bay Packers did the same thing with Aaron Rodgers as he waited behind Brett Favre, and that seemed to work out.
It's hard to know what the Patriots are really doing by bringing in Manziel and Bridgewater, but if either prospect does end up in New England, the team may be set at the position after Brady retires.