The New England Patriots are one of a few teams in the NFL who don’t need to spend this offseason looking at quarterbacks, but they appear ready to do so anyways. Despite having Tom Brady as their starter and Ryan Mallett as their backup — for now — the Patriots have potential interest in adding third quarterback to the roster.
According to Mark Reiss, one potential target could be former Browns, Chiefs, Broncos and Seahawks quarterback Brady Quinn.
Similar to [Colt] McCoy, he has experience in a Patriots-type system from having been on a Brian Daboll-coordinated unit in Cleveland (2009) and Kansas City (2012), and a Josh McDaniels-coached team in Denver (2010). If the Patriots are considering the addition of a third quarterback, it makes sense to look toward a player coaches are familiar with.
Adding a third stringer makes sense not only to have an extra body on roster but also incase Ryan Mallett gets dealt before, during or after the NFL Draft in May. Quinn isn’t a stud, but he’s been serviceable as a backup and may just need to have the right coach tap into whatever potential he has left.