For the first time in two decades, the New England Patriots will not be led by Tom Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion shocked the world this offseason by signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
New England might have its next face of the franchise on its roster in Jarrett Stidham. However, the Auburn product has a lot to prove and it won't be easy to fill in Brady's shoes.
One quarterback that has been linked to the Patriots is Andy Dalton. Since the Cincinnati Bengals are projected to take Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick, the writing is on the wall for Dalton's time in the AFC North.
Even though the Patriots could use a veteran to help out its quarterback room, it doesn't sound like Dalton will be an option at the moment. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, something would need to change for the Patriots to turn their attention over to Dalton.
This past season, Dalton threw for 3,494 yards and 16 touchdowns. He's 32 years old and should have a few years good left.
Dalton might be a nice bridge quarterback for the Patriots if they decided to change their mind. On the other hand, it's hard to argue against who Belichick wants under center.
Who do you think will start for New England when Week 1 of the regular season arrives?