The New England Patriots have ushered in some significant changes under center this offseason. Regardless, that has not prevented them from clearing up space in the quarterback room.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Patriots have opted to release quarterback Cody Kessler:
The Patriots are releasing QB Cody Kessler, source said, leaving just Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham in their QB room. A surprise, New England cut and then brought back Kessler during the season.
The Patriots made headlines with their decision to part ways with quarterback Tom Brady this offseason. There has since been plenty of speculation regarding their starter for the 2020 NFL season, which has now come down to a two-man race between quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham.
Kessler was taken in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. The former USC product spent two seasons in Cleveland before he was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent the offseason with the Philadelphia Eagles until joining the Patriots for 2019.
Although the Patriots released Kessler a month after his signing, they brought him back just over a week later for the rest of the 2019 campaign. The fact that they opted to re-sign him indicated that he was poised to provide some quality depth under center, first during the 2019 season and then especially with Brady’s departure. However, it seems that Kessler will test the market as a free agent once again.
Meanwhile, New England could be looking to use the open spot to potentially bring in a promising quarterback prospect through the 2020 NFL Draft.