Patriots reportedly trade QB Jarrett Stidham

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By , WEEI

Once billed as a possible starting quarterback option after Tom Brady’s free agent departure, Patriots backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham’s time in New England is apparently coming to an end.

According to the MMQB, the Patriots are working on a trade with the Raiders that would send the fourth-year former fourth-round pick Stidham to Las Vegas with the teams swapping late-round picks in the deal. MMQB reports the Raiders get Stidham and a 2023 seventh-round pick while shipping a 2023 sixth-round pick to New England.

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The trade with the Raiders would reunite Stidham with Josh McDaniels, his offensive coordinator in New England who is now the head coach in Las Vegas. Stidham would compete for a backup job behind Derek Carr.

A 2019 fourth-round pick out of Auburn, Stidham’s three-year career in New England included just eight games played with zero starts. The bulk of his playing time came in mop-up duty for Cam Newton in 2020, after Stidham was beaten out for the post-Brady starting job despite not signing with New England until late in the summer offseason process.

With Stidham reportedly out of the mix, New England’s quarterback depth chart now has Mac Jones as the starter, veteran Brian Hoyer remaining in the backup role and fourth-round rookie Bailey Zappe as the third-string developmental option.

Beyond Carr, Stidham joins a Raiders quarterback depth chart that includes Nick Mullens, Garrett Gilbert and rookie free agent Chase Garbers.