Charlie Weis thinks Patriots could trade up for a top quarterback

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If free agent Tom Brady ends up leaving the Patriots, they’re going to need to add significantly at quarterback.

And one of Bill Belichick’s former lieutenants believes they’d make a significant move to do so.

Former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald that he wouldn’t anticipate Belichick being content to just hand the reins to second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

“I personally don’t think it will be Stidham. I think it’ll be a veteran guy [to replace Brady],” Weis said. “But I also wouldn’t put it past Bill to run all the way to the top of the draft, and go get one of the big boys. I wouldn’t put it past him.”

And Weis had a particular big boy in mind, specifically one that’s coming off hip surgery.

“Just when you rule out that he’ll do something like that, that’s when he’ll do it,” said Weis. “All of a sudden Tua is your quarterback.”

Weis said he wasn’t projecting Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to the Patriots based on any inside information, saying it was just his hunch based on knowing the personnel involved. He has a reasonable idea of how Belichick might be thinking, and everyone knows about the close relationship between the Patriots coach and Alabama coach Nick Saban.

The Patriots pick 23rd overall, and they don’t have a second-round pick after sending it to Atlanta for Mohamed Sanu. They could have three third-rounders once compensatory picks are allotted, which gives them some flexibility, but trading into range to get Tagovailoa would be costly.

35 responses to “Charlie Weis thinks Patriots could trade up for a top quarterback

  1. it would cost your first for the next two season plus your second next year and at least two third round picks to try and make a significant jump

  2. I think this is the wrong analysis. Completely. They’re not going to replace Brady with some journeyman who can command pretty close to what Brady would get in FA himself.

    It would be completely stupid for BB to not extend Brady last year and not already have tried to get a QB of the future, picking Stidham and then have only Cody Kessler on the roster.

    BB is not going to unload a haul of picks for a college prospect QB who isn’t necessarily better than Stidham right now.

    There’s no reason why putting the time in with Stidham as Brady galavants around skipping OTAs and thinking he’ll be as great elsewhere, that BB would have ignored the QB position.

    Keep in mind, since Brady’s 2017 MVP season, he’s trended downward 2 years in a row without a fully 100% Gronk or no Gronk at all.

    Kinda sad Brady won 3 SBs with Troy Brown, David Patten and Givens/Branch with Antowain Smith as the lead back in 2 of those.

    Yikes.

    He had no TEs, no elite WRs and no elite RBs. It’s EASIER to run an offense today than it was 20 years ago due to all the rule changes.

    BB sees a way to unload a breaking down player 1 year in advance, as opposed to 1 year too late.

  3. Do the math, they do not have the draft capital to move up for a top tire quarterback. Foolish giving up a second round pick for Sanu.

  4. I can see Billy going after Tua – in theory. This is the same team that drafted Ryan Mallett (pick #74, whom they had a 1st round grade on) and their builds are quite similar – strong lower and upper body used to deliver a rocket throw. Accuracy obviously varies.

    However, history shows that the highest the Pats have taken a QB is #1 overall with Bledsoe (1993) and then end of the 2nd round with Garoppolo (pick #62; 2014).

    I’ll just add that if this is the case, bring Tom-Tom to Tampa Bay, baby!

  5. When I think of Alabama picks on the Pats I think of Damien Harris who was non-existent. This despite the fact that many NFL backs gain more yards hopping on one leg than Sony Michel.

  6. buffalo6969 says:
    January 31, 2020 at 1:56 pm
    Do the math, they do not have the draft capital to move up for a top tire quarterback. Foolish giving up a second round pick for Sanu.

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    It’s an overpayment but Brady screwed the team by skipping OTAs again and he wanted Brown first and then Sanu.

    They tried to deal for Sanu in the spring, but BB passed. Brady has been a problem in there being baby wanting hand pick WRs for years.

    BB should have just had Brady come into the draft room and hand pick the WRs instead of taking the blame for Brady not wanting to put the time in with new WRs. His snobbery essentially sabotaged the team last year once Brown was released. It’s ridiculous. I am jealous of other fans who don’t have to watch their HOF QB whine and pout every year, where they clearly work with new or young WRs with little to no issue at all.

  7. As I eavesdrop on fatalistic Patriots fans contemplating their team’s inevitable decline, one of my favorite sentiments is that “all they have to do” is find a way to get the #1 pick next year and get Lawrence.

    It’s been so long since those fans had to worry about the QB position. They forgot how impossibly hard it is to get to that position. Every single middlin’ to bad team will want Lawrence. Why would a team that finished poorly enough to earn a top spot in the draft trade away a guy like that?

    It’s much more likely that they’ll be like a lot of other teams, and go through years of searching for the right guy. Especially there, where Brady is going to leave shoes that are way too big to even come close to filling.

  8. chunga85 says:
    January 31, 2020 at 1:58 pm
    When I think of Alabama picks on the Pats I think of Damien Harris who was non-existent. This despite the fact that many NFL backs gain more yards hopping on one leg than Sony Michel.
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    So, you think about a rookie RB that didn’t play? Well, I think about a guy by the name of Dont’a Hightower, he’s from Alabama too and seems to be ok…

  9. Why trade up when you can sign Derek Carr. See if you can get a GOAT out of that Bill lol.

  10. I think that all 3 qbs are going in the top 5 picks…maybe even top 4. No way do the Pats have the draft capital to move up that high. If I were the Lions or Giants, for example, I wouldnt do the trade for the the Pats 1st, 2nd and all of their 3rds….and the Pats dont even HAVE that 2nd. The Pats would have to hope one the qb’s somehow falls to about 10 or so (they wont). If that happens the Pats might have a shot to trade up.

  11. I wish people would quit acting like the Patriots are just going to replace Brady and go on being a terrific team. They will go back to the Bledsoe days where they were 5-11 or maybe a little better.

  12. @ grumpysal – The reason the Pats aren’t playing this weekend is not Hightower and the defense…it’s the offense. I wanted to see Harris get a shot all year. Unless he stinks he should have.

  13. By now every GM in the league should know that if Bill Belichick wants to trade for something you have, then it’s more valuable than you think it is.

  14. Weis also has a relationship with Saban which might prompt him to create buzz for his pal.

  15. grumpysal says: “So, you think about a rookie RB that didn’t play? Well, I think about a guy by the name of Dont’a Hightower, he’s from Alabama too and seems to be ok…”
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    RB Damien Harris, CB Cyrus Jones, DT Brandon Deaderick, etc all Alabama busts with the Patriots. You would think the close relationship between Belichick/Saban would yield slightly better results than just Hightower…

  16. What would prevent the Pats from signing Brady before 3/18 and trading him to Miami before the draft for the #5 pick?

  17. It takes two to tango, and what team is going to help the Pats get up that high without severely overpaying? If Herbert goes in the teens they might be able to jump up and get him but…me’h

  18. C’mon people, BB is a super-genius with an infallible system. He could put Kraft in at QB and win SBs, right?

  19. When was the last time BB traded up to get a QB? I don’t think he’s going to be able to use all those 3rd round compensatory picks to draft up to the top ten or higher.

  20. They’d need to give up WAY more than that to get up into that range.

    thesandman99 says:
    Patriots will trade Gilmore to move up to 6 or 8 to draft Tua. Brady is gone.

  21. Why in the world would Miami trade the 5th pick for Brady? Keep dreaming Pat’s fans. The desert of playoffs and wins are fast approaching.

  22. I think Belicheat is more interested in acquiring some more sidelines videotaping guys. After all, he lost his best one in Cincinnati.

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