There have been some NFL rumors linked that New England Patriots regarding the addition of a veteran quarterback. However, the latest speculations suggest that head coach Bill Belichick has no plan to sign another QB heading into the 2016-17 season.
The Patriots’ starting quarterback, Tom Brady, will not be available for the first four weeks of the season. The 39-year-old, who has been New England’s starter since 2001, was suspended for his involvement in the “Deflategate” scandal.
According to NBC Sports, Bill Belichick and the Patriots front office have discussed internally whether to sign another quarterback heading into the regular season. New England will be relying on backup Jimmy Garoppolo and third string rookie QB Jacoby Brissett to keep everything afloat for the first month of the season.
“We’ve talked about it but we’re where we’re at. We are where we’re at right now. Well, I think it’s a question of who it is. I don’t know that there are a lot of Hall of Fame players just sitting out there not on any team right now,” Belichick said on Sunday when asked about the NFL rumors linking the team to another quarterback.
On the other hand, Brady will miss the games against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills before being eligible to play again in Week 5. The Patriots are scheduled to face the Cleveland Browns in Brady’s first game back from suspension.
There are a lot of NFL rumors suggesting that Jimmy Garoppolo might usurp Tom Brady just like what the four-time Super Bowl champion did to Drew Bledsoe in 2001. However, Brady has nothing but praise for his backup quarterback.
“He works his tail off to prepare and I know he has the respect of everybody. That’s what you try to do, you try to come out here and prepare, earn the respect of your teammates and your coaches, and you’ve got to put the work in,” Brady told NFL.com on Sunday.
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