Report: Patriots exploring free agent backup QBs in case Garoppolo is traded

Report: Patriots exploring free agent backup QBs in case Garoppolo is traded

Where does Jimmy Garoppolo stand with the Patriots? Wait, what day is it?

Actually, as CSN Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran has been reporting all along, if the right offer comes along, the Pats are open to trading away their backup QB.

With that in mind, The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports that the Patriots may be in the market for another quarterback to compete with Jacoby Brissett behind Tom Brady in case they pull the trigger on a Jimmy G. deal. 

More from Howe's story:

The Patriots are exploring their options among backup quarterbacks who are set to become free agents, according to a source. The only logical explanation for this is they’re laying the groundwork to bring in a third quarterback in the event that they trade backup Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.

Here's more on Garoppolo from Quick Slants the Podcast with Curran, Phil Perry and Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, who covers the Browns, a team very interested in the Jimmy G Watch: 

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.