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MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 20: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during the second quarter in the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Turns out the Patriots and other teams around the NFL agree with most people: the 2021 free-agent quarterback class stinks.

It’s a good time to remind you that some of the most talked-about candidates to play QB for the Patriots in 2021 – Jimmy Garoppolo and Marcus Mariota, for example – are under contract. That could change, but for now, the projected free-agent quarterback group is uninspiring to say the least.

That’s why, according to Mike Giardi of the NFL Network, the Patriots are “not enamored” with their QB options in free agency as it stands on Wednesday. That’s along with “plenty of other teams” – probably every other team that needs a quarterback. The Patriots and others are waiting to see if more “dominos” fall and create better “inventory,” as Giardi termed it.

There’s a chance that guys like Garoppolo and Mariota do end up part of that inventory. According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the week before NFL free agency is going to produce a “massacre” of cuts around the league. So to be certain, the complexion of the market at every position is going to look much differently two weeks from today (March 3).

Outside of Dak Prescott, there are no impactful quarterbacks who are on track to become free agents. Assuming Prescott isn’t a possibility and no other big-name cuts take place, the Patriots would be choosing from a pool that includes Mitchell Trubisky, Jacoby Brissett, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andy Dalton, and Tyrod Taylor. If that Pats want to engender any confidence whatsoever in fans about the 2021 team, they would have to pair one of those guys with a high draft pick.

But as these reports indicate, it’s still early in the game. The pool is almost certainly going to get deeper. The question is, will Bill Belichick be any less inclined to spit in it?

Read more on our quarterback ideas for the Patriots below.

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