What if Patriots develop Mike Teel?

Mike Teel's release from the Seattle Seahawks wasn't big news because Teel was a third-team quarterback and a developmental player.

Players in general and quarterbacks in particular can be products of their environment, however, and Teel's career trajectory probably improved Friday when the Patriots claimed him off waivers. He could have gone to worse places.

Teel goes to a team that has developed quarterbacks over the years. It doesn't mean Teel will be the next Matt Cassel. He might be the next Jeff Rowe for all anyone knows (the Patriots just released Rowe, another ex-Seattle passer). But Teel has a better chance to develop in New England, in my view, than he might have had in a less successful environment.

The fit apparently wasn't right in Seattle after the Seahawks switched to an offense requiring more mobility from its quarterbacks.

Teel completed 11 of 19 passes for 148 yards, two touchdowns and a 117.9 rating against the Raiders in an exhibition game last season. He heads to New England after the Patriots released Rowe, who had a 44-yard touchdown pass and 149.3 rating for Seattle in that same exhibition game against Oakland.