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Oct 25, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick meet after a game at Gillette Stadium. (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY)

The Patriots’ search for their next starting quarterback could still end with a trade – even a big one.

As reported by Pats insider Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the Patriots “have had conversations regarding every potential trade target in the league” at quarterback so far in the 2021 offseason. They reportedly talked to both the Lions and Eagles about Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz.

Both of those trades have driven the prices so high that it’s given pause to teams throughout the league, according to Howe. That would explain the sudden silence on the QB market recently, after Stafford felt like the first of many dominoes.

The pipe dreams on the trade market remain Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, and Aaron Rodgers. It’s more likely the Patriots would be shopping for the likes of Jimmy Garoppolo or Marcus Mariota. The Jets’ Sam Darnold is also a popular trade candidate with New York sitting at No. 2 in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Howe also spoke with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich this week. Listen to the full interview below.

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