Patriots Trade Rumors: NE Has Discussed 'Every Potential' QB Target in NFL

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2021

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick works along the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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The New England Patriots are looking to upgrade at quarterback and have reportedly "had conversations regarding every potential trade target in the league," according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic.

"If a quarterback has been perceived to be available, the Patriots have picked up the phone," Howe added.

New England reportedly spoke to the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles about acquiring Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz, respectively, but felt the asking price was too high for each.

The Eagles traded Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for two draft picks, while the Los Angeles Rams gave up Jared Goff and three picks, including two future firsts, in exchange for Stafford.

The Patriots will reportedly remain active on the trade market, with Deshaun Watson, Jimmy Garoppolo, Marcus Mariota and Sam Darnold among those in the mix, per Howe. The hope is any asking price will go down as the draft approaches.

Cam Newton spent last season as the starter in Foxborough but struggled with consistency and finished with eight passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His 12 rushing scores weren't enough to prevent the team's first losing record (7-9) since 2000.

Brian Hoyer was the only other signal-caller to start a game last season, but both he and Newton are free agents, leaving only Jarrett Stidham and practice-squad rookie Jacob Dolegala under contract.

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Considering the Patriots didn't trust Stidham to run the offense last season, it's hard to imagine his 44 pass attempts in 2020 did enough to change their minds. 

The organization will likely have to be aggressive this offseason and find a starting quarterback through a trade, free agency or the draft, where they hold the No. 15 pick in the first round.