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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 06: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles participates in warmups prior to a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 06, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Eagles 30-16. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Patriots insider Jeff Howe ranked the top free agent options for the team in a new story for The Athletic. He also buried an interesting nugget about the Patriots’ search for a quarterback: the Pats “aren’t a serious suitor” for Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

The Eagles are expected to trade Wentz soon as the start of the 2021 league year fast approaches, according to Adam Schefter. But for the Patriots, especially in the wake of what the Rams gave up to get Matthew Stafford from the Lions, the price to acquire Wentz may be too high in terms of draft capital.

If Bill Belichick isn’t willing to part with a first-round pick, perhaps more than one, to get a veteran starting quarterback, then what are his chances of acquiring anyone in the class of Stafford? It may cost something similar to pry Jimmy Garoppolo away from the San Francisco 49ers.

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But perhaps Belichick would feel the Pats are best suited to use their first-round pick on a QB like Alabama’s Mac Jones, or a can’t-miss prospect at another position, rather than ship it out for a far more expensive piece.

The price and the uncertainty of an acquisition like Wentz may ultimately stop the Patriots from making a move of that magnitude. But Belichick is still expected to be uncommonly aggressive this offseason, as the Patriots will have at least $60-65 million in cap space to work with and plenty of needs on the roster.

Quarterback is at the top of those needs, but it’s sounding more unlikely it would come in the form of a blockbuster trade.

Howe talked about the Patriots’ quarterback situation and plenty more on the NFL offseason in a new interview with Toucher and Rich on Tuesday. Have a listen below.

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