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The Patriots Reportedly Have 'A Plan' At Quarterback

A closeup of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick during a game.

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

New England's future does not include Tom Brady. It apparently won't involve Teddy Bridgewater, either.

The Patriots have not had a good day after losing out on their long-time QB. Bridgewater's decision to try and strike a deal with the Panthers isn't making life any easier for New England.

But according to

Also as a note...I’m told New England was never interested in Teddy Bridgewater. Patriots have a plan.

— Dianna (@diannaESPN) March 17, 2020

">ESPN's Dianna Russini, the Patriots were reportedly "never interested in Teddy Bridgewater." That, of course, begs the question - who is New England targeting for its next starting QB? No concrete rumors have been thrown out just yet. But the Patriots reportedly "have a plan," according to Russini:

It'd be foolish to believe Belichick doesn't have a plan and plenty of backup plans. Clearly, New England hoped to re-sign Brady and keep the squad intact. But Brady's decision to leave the Patriots shouldn't come as a surprise.

New England now has the opportunity to sign a younger quarterback - which could benefit the organization in the long run. The reality is that Brady has clearly regressed over the past few years. This could end up as a blessing in disguise.

It'll be interesting to see what the Patriots do from here. Will they go out and sign a free-agent QB? Or will New England wait until the draft?