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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Free-Agent Fit: Quarterback

By Mike Rodak

(Student assistant Mike Rodak continues an early position-by-position look at free agency with the Patriots. Because free-agency rules are unclear based on the uncertain collective bargaining agreement, the 2010 rules were used to compile the information. Teams may also restrict some of these players with the franchise tag.)

POSITION: Quarterback

RATING THE NEED: Low

CURRENT PERSONNEL: Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Jonathan Crompton

KEY CONSIDERATION: Last spring, Brady’s then-expiring contract was a hot topic of discussion. Brady signed his long-term extension in September (through 2014), keeping the position set for the foreseeable future.

NOTABLE TARGETS ON THE MARKET: Marc Bulger (Ravens), Drew Stanton (Lions), Kerry Collins (Titans), Tarvaris Jackson (Vikings), Billy Volek (Chargers), Kyle Boller (Raiders), Matt Hasselbeck (Seahawks), Matt Moore (Panthers), Rex Grossman (Redskins), Bruce Gradkowski (Raiders), Seneca Wallace (Browns), Troy Smith (49ers), Chad Pennington (Dolphins)

MOST LIKELY TARGET FOR PATS: None

SLEEPER POSSIBILITY FOR PATS: Volek

OUTLANDISH THOUGHT FOR PATS: Peyton Manning (Colts), Michael Vick (Eagles)

WRAP IT UP: The Patriots have gone with two quarterbacks on their roster for the past several years, and there is little chance that will change. If a third quarterback sticks, it will likely be a draft selection.