The New England Patriots took a huge risk allowing Tom Brady to walk in NFL free agency in 2020. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took advantage, signing Brady and subsequently winning the Super Bowl. Now, the Patriots are on the hunt once again for a quarterback.
Last season, New England landed veteran Cam Newton. After being released by the Carolina Panthers, the Patriots looked to have gotten a steal. Newton looked reinvigorated and healthy early on.
The Patriots started the season 2-1, coming one yard short of knocking off the Seattle Seahawks Week 2. Unfortunately, Newton tested positive for COVID-19 leading up to the game Week 4 against the Kansas City Cheifs and he was never the same after.
New England’s passing game was a mess. Only the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens threw for fewer passing yards than the Patriots. Part of that was Newton’s play, part was the lack of weapons at wide receiver and tight end.
Now, New England is back to square one. They need another quarterback, as Newton isn’t expected to return. Luckily for them, there are plenty of options available this offseason under center. Spotrac predicted that the Patriots would land Mitchell Trubisky in free agency.
Spotrac predicts that New England will sign Trubisky to a two-year, $16 million deal. Trubisky spent the first four seasons of his career with the Chicago Bears after being selected No. 2 overall in 2017.
While he hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations of a No. 2 overall pick, he has a winning record of 29-21 in his career. This alone should make him an intriguing name to watch in NFL rumors. A lot more pressure has been added to him because he was selected ahead of stars Patrick Mahomes (10th overall) and Deshaun Watson (12th overall).
While Trubisky is not on their level, he has had some solid performances. He has thrown for 10,609 yards and 64 touchdowns with 37 interceptions. Where Trubisky could help the Patriots is with his legs. He has rushed for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns across 51 games for the Chicago Bears.
While some New England Patriots fans may want the team to look at other quarterback options, such as Jimmy Garoppolo, Mitchell Trubisky would be an upgrade over the version of Newton they had last season. If they can add some weapons via the draft and free agency, Trubisky, who will only be 27 in August, should continue developing under the tutelage of Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels.