The New England Patriots are still licking their wounds after being upset by the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, but with head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady still around, the team is expected to be back in the Super Bowl again next season.
While the defense will be a priority for the team this offseason, they also need to find a quarterback to take over the reins of the team when Brady retires, which is something a lot of New England players expect to happen in the next couple of years.
The Patriots traded backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers before last season’s trade deadline, leaving them with 32-year-old journeyman quarterback Brian Hoyer as their backup.
Since the Patriots traded Garoppolo, industry experts have been predicting the Patriots will find their next franchise quarterback in the NFL Draft, but they have another option if they want to save their draft pick and use it on a player that can help fill one of the other holes that they have.
This might sound a little crazy, but the Patriots need to look at former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel as an option at quarterback.
Manziel washed out of the NFL pretty quickly due to substance abuse issues, but the former Heisman winning quarterback claims to be sober and has been working on trying to get back in the NFL.
Even though Manziel hasn’t played in two years, there is no denying he is a very talented quarterback that can actually be great if he is put in a great situation and dedicates himself to his craft, would make things very interesting as a Patriots player.
With Brady still playing at a high level, Manziel will also get the opportunity to learn from arguably the greatest quarterback ever, which if he takes advantage of, will only make him a better quarterback.
For those who doubt Manziel has what it takes to be an NFL quarterback, consider this: While he was in Cleveland, Manziel had 1,675 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions, which aren’t bad numbers when you consider the fact that he was in Cleveland and didn’t have any receivers to throw the ball to.
With the Patriots, he will not only have talented receivers in Brandin Cooks and Julius Edelman, he will also have tight end Rob Gronkowski to throw the ball to. Manziel will also have one of the greatest football minds in Bill Belichick, who will teach him a lot about football if he is willing to learn.
Another reason the Patriots need to consider Manziel as their backup is the fact that he will be very cheap to sign because he has been out of the league for a while and won’t have any leverage to demand a big contract, which means they can release Hoyer and use the cap room to sign another player.
Even though many doubt his sincerity, it looks like Manziel is serious about turning his life around. He went to rehab without being forced to do so by the league, he recently got married, and hasn’t been in the news for negative reasons.
If the Patriots take a chance on Manziel, there will be a lot of unwanted media attention at first, but since they were able to handle the extra attention when they brought in Tim Tebow a few years ago, they should be able to handle it this time around as well.
The Patriots signing Manziel and molding him into the next Tom Brady wouldn’t even surprise me man 😂— walker MusiC (@wmusic21) March 9, 2018