Overview: Brady is under contract for five more seasons and continues to play at an elite level. The Patriots are in no rush to find a new starter and Mallett is already considered a promising back-up. Throw in an interesting prospect in Kafka (who generated buzz after a strong rookie preseason back in 2010), and the Patriots have little need to invest in a quarterback right now. However, should the Patriots decide to trade Mallett, the dynamics would change. While there has been nothing substantiated in terms of trade talks between the Patriots a suitor for Mallett, there's a contingent of teams around the league in need of a young franchise signal caller, and Mallett is highly-regarded. In such a scenario, the Patriots would need to find a reserve for Brady, which could also be found on the veteran free agent market (although the pool is currently small).