The New England Patriots are currently gearing up to enter uncharted territory — life without future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. With Brady previously elected to test the free-agent market en route to signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Patriots have unsurprisingly been linked to both former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

However, according to a recent report from Jeff Howe of The Athletic, New England apparently has no interest in adding either veteran signal-caller this offseason. As a result, it will more than likely be soon-to-be second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham leading the way for the Patriots in 2020-21.

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“A source has said the Patriots have expressed no interest in signing Cam Newton or trading for Andy Dalton — the two most popular speculated moves — nor do they have the cap space to make such a transaction,” writes Howe. “So it’ll be Stidham. It’d hardly be a surprise if they open camp with Hoyer as the starter and force Stidham to wrest away the job, but a dose of adversity should help the kid if that’s the route they choose. Either way, as long as Stidham maintains his pace from last summer, it should be his job.”

It is also worth noting that the Patriots released another signal-caller in Cody Kessler earlier in the week, leaving the aforementioned Stidham and a veteran backup in Brian Hoyer on the team’s active roster. While the 2020 NFL Draft still remains, it appears as though Stidham and Hoyer will remain at the forefront with Newton and Dalton remaining in limbo.