Bailey Zappe is on his way back to the New England Patriots
Bailey Zappe will be staying in New England, after all.
As first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates, Zappe cleared waivers after the team placed him there during final roster cuts on Tuesday. Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network later confirmed that Zappe is signing with the Patriots’ practice squad.
Pelissero also reported that Zappe was “in-demand after clearing waivers” and got offers from seven other teams. Ultimately, Zappe decided that he was better off on the Patriots’ practice squad than another team’s.
According to Mike Giardi of the Boston Sports Journal, the Patriots’ “preference” is still to bring in a veteran to be the direct backup to Mac Jones. So, if that came to fruition, Zappe would likely stay on the practice squad as the third-string QB.
Zappe struggled to perform at a high-enough level to push Jones for the starting job in training camp, then had a disastrous preseason finale. That made him expendable enough for the Patriots to expose him to waivers. But clearly, the Pats are happy to bring Zappe back and continue to develop him.
Zappe is only one of 16 players expected to sign to the Patriots’ practice squad. Get the latest news and updates below in our live tracker.
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