The New England Patriots have unanswered questions at the starting quarterback position for the first time in two decades. But that doesn't mean that they're willing to take on any quarterback as a potential replacement for the departed Tom Brady.
According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, a number of teams contacted the Patriots after Brady's departure and tried to sell them on trading for a quarterback. That included the Indianapolis Colts, who dangled Brian Hoyer as trade bait.
A lot of other teams have contacted the Patriots, according to sources, trying to push guys on the Patriots. Seeing if they can get a pick back in return for one of their quarterbacks. In fact, it sounds like the Colts with Hoyer were one of those teams and the Patriots said might as well wait until he comes free which wound up being the case.
So the Patriots [are] taking their time, [they're] not in a rush to go trade for somebody else. [They're] going to stick with what they have and then see what happens in the draft come April.
It makes sense that the Patriots would take things step by step and not rush to try to fill the vacancy. It will be very hard for any quarterback to replace Brady outright, but they have a young quarterback they like in Jarrett Stidham and Hoyer is a solid veteran who is familiar with their system.
That said, it's good that the Patriots didn't panic and try to trade for Hoyer. Given that the Colts already had a lot of money tied up in Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, the Pats had no reason to trade for Hoyer since his release was likely. And given his previous ties to the Patriots, it always seemed possible -- if not, probable -- that he would return to New England as veteran depth.
Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio will continue to evaluate the quarterback position and it's possible that they could target a quarterback in April's draft, as Garafolo noted. But for the time being, it doesn't seem like they have any moves planned at the position.