Jarrett Stidham is on his way out west, to reunite with a familiar face.
According to multiple reports, the Patriots are working on a trade to send Stidham to the Las Vegas Raiders, where he would join back up with former Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. The Sports Hub’s own James Stewart first tweeted Thursday morning about Stidham possibly heading to Vegas. Soon after that, Albert Breer and Mike Reiss corroborated Stewart’s report, adding that the trade will include a swap of late-round draft picks.
The proverbial writing was on the wall for Stidham after the Patriots drafted Western Kentucky quarterback Bailey Zappe in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Brian Hoyer also re-signed with the Patriots for two years in the off-season, providing veteran backup depth behind second-year starter Mac Jones. The Patriots have carried three quarterbacks before, so Jones/Hoyer/Zappe is likely their room for 2022 and perhaps 2023.
According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the deal will be Stidham and a seventh-round pick to the Raiders for a sixth-round pick.
Stidham, 25, originally came to the Patriots as a fourth-round pick (133rd overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was active for eight games from 2019-20 with no starts. In total, he completed 24-of-48 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions, a 46.4 passer rating.
His move to Vegas gives McDaniels a player with familiarity in his offense to back up starter Derek Carr, and frees up Zappe’s spot in the Patriots’ QB room.
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