The New England Patriots reportedly traded third-string quarterback Jarrett Stidham to the Las Vegas Raiders. The trade will see the Pats receiving a sixth-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft while sending a 2023’s seventh-rounder alongside Stidham to Las Vegas.
The move will reunite Stidham with his former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who is now the head coach for the Raiders.
New England drafted Stidham in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft and was reportedly very high on him at the time. The Auburn product won the backup role in his rookie season and was even considered a potential successor for Tom Brady after the legendary QB left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.
However, Stidham never really progressed the way the Patriots hoped for. He never managed to get a starting nod after Brady’s departure and was even demoted to a third-string QB role in 2022. The 25-year-old player leaves New England having completed 24 out of 48 passes attempted and throwing for 270 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions.
Stidham isn’t guaranteed a spot as Derek Carr’s backup on Raiders’ roster despite his familiarity with McDaniels. He will face competition from veteran Nick Mullens, who has a more extensive body of work and much more experience on his resume.
The Pats have drafted Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe to serve as the no. 2 QB behind Mac Jones. They also have veteran Brian Hoyer on their depth chart.