For the first time in nearly two decades, the New England Patriots will have a new quarterback under center to begin the season other than Tom Brady. That has put their future at the position up in the air as there is currently no real clarity about what direction the franchise will head. However, there is chatter around Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson being the potential replacement for Brady in New England.
Tom Brady’s departure
The writing had been on the wall in New England as there was a growing separation between both sides over the last several months.
Brady made that official this past week as he voiced that he was going to leave the Patriots after two decades. Shortly after, it was revealed that the 42-year-old was going to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It has pushed some significant change ahead of the franchise that will start at the quarterback position. There isn’t any strong assurance about what the team plans on doing at the position for the 2020 season.
However, there are some intriguing betting lines on who will be under center to begin the 2021 campaign.
Deshaun Watson is betting favorite to be the Patriots’ starter in 2021
The Patriots are not the only team that has undergone some significant changes this offseason as the Texans have also made moves this month.
That has been toppled by the stunning decision to trade star wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for former Pro Bowl running back David Johnson. It has pushed forward talk around Watson’s future with the franchise given that traded away their best offensive talent from their skilled positions for an aging talent.
With that in mind, BetOnline.AG has placed the Clemson product as the most likely candidate to be the starting quarterback for the Patriots to begin the 2021 season. Waston is currently in the final year of his four-year, $13.8 million rookie deal, which depending on how those talks go, could sway one way or another.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Patriots swoop in if Watson is unsure about remaining with the Texans for the long haul. Up to this point, there hasn’t been any cause for concern in Houston to believe that he will want out, but trading away his primary offensive weapon certainly doesn’t help the situation given he’s in the final year of his deal.
The entire matter depends on Watson’s standing with the Texans, but it’s entirely fair to assess that they could move in hard on the Pro Bowler if things progress south in the coming months.
What will the Patriots do?
The Patriots are now moving forward in the post-Tom Brady era that has put them in an intriguing spot to decide on their next starting quarterback.
New England has already addressed the situation to an extent by bringing back Brian Hoyer, who was recently released by the Indianapolis Colts after they signed Philip Rivers. Hoyer is expected to get a chance to compete for the starting job.
Meanwhile, the assumption is that Jarrett Stidham will also be in the running to be the starter in his second campaign. The addition of Hoyer does cloud any thought that Stidham was the clear-cut choice at getting the first shot to start next season. The Patriots could explore the trade market or even the draft to bring in more competition at the position.
It’s a wide-open competition for the starting job, but Stidham and Hoyer should receive the first chance to grab it, given their previous experience in the system. These next several months will be quite telling of what direction the team will head.