Over the past two decades, the New England Patriots have had no issues at the quarterback position. However, on Friday, six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now, the Patriots have to figure what to do at the quarterback position. Currently, they have three quarterbacks under contract in Cody Kessler, Brian Hoyer, and Jarrett Stidham.
But if it was up to former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb, the Patriots should try to trade for Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, or go after the man Tom Brady replaced in Tampa Bay, Jameis Winston, who is an unrestricted free agent.
“I say you either go get Matthew Stafford or bring Jameis Winston in,” McNabb told TMZ Sports. “Two younger guys that you could at least get the next five or six years with if you continue to stress protecting the football, getting the ball out on time, knowing what you’re seeing, knowing the plays. And these two quarterbacks from what you heard are cerebral, and they will be able to pick up things quickly.”
McNabb does believe Winston, who threw for over 5000 yards and 33 touchdowns but threw 30 interceptions in 2019, would work well in the Patriots’ system.
“It’s easy to point the finger at a quarterback that throws 30 interceptions,” McNabb said. “Philip Rivers threw 20. Eli Manning has thrown twenty-plus(interceptions). It’s easy for people to finger point at Jameis Winston because they either don’t like him or his past…
“I think he(Winston) would kind of flourish in the New England offense where he would be under the tutelage of Josh McDaniels. He would be under the Belichick way, where It would be more dink-and-dunk, protect the football, and all a sudden, we’re talking about New England again, possibly winning the AFC East.
Also, according to McNabb, signing Winston would give the Patriots a chance to prove that their system works.
“I think for Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels, this gives them an opportunity to separate themselves from the Tom Brady era, to show that their system works,” he said.
Both Winston and Stafford have a lot of ability, but Winston could come cheaper than the 32-year-old Stafford, who is scheduled to make $21.3 million in 2020. Also, Winston is younger(26), and since Winston is a free agent, you would not have to give up anything to get him. Furthermore, at this point, we don’t know if Stafford is even available.
In the past, the Patriots have been known to take other team’s problems, and have found ways to make it work, so maybe they could do the same with Winston.