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The quarterback options are starting to dwindle for the 2021 Patriots. Assuming a major trade for an elite franchise guy isn’t in the works, possibilities are falling off the table for Bill Belichick.

Obvious candidates like Jimmy Garoppolo remain possible. And the Colts’ acquisition of Carson Wentz from the Eagles may have helped Belichick, since he cost only a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-rounder.

But in free agency, Dak Prescott is the only way to add an established impact player at quarterback. Every other option has his flaws, and should be coupled with a high draft pick. But the options are plentiful among those more affordable gambles.

Unless the Patriots are in on Deshaun Watson or Aaron Rodgers, most of the below quarterback options are relatively realistic. In the case of almost everyone on this list, Belichick would ideally have other promising pieces coming to the quarterback room.

7 Quarterback Options for the 2021 Patriots

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In our first 2021 mock draft, we actually have the Patriots taking a wide receiver. And elsewhere in free agency, they have options on defense too. There’s a lot on Belichick’s plate in the coming weeks and months.

We went over a lot of the Patriots’ 2021 quarterback options in a recent episode of the SideLines podcast. Have a listen below.

Matt Dolloff is a writer and podcaster for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff and follow him on Instagram @mattydsays. You can also email him at mdolloff@985thesportshub.com.