3 Veteran Quarterbacks the Patriots Can Sign to Mentor a First-Round Rookie

The New England Patriots will revamp the QB position. What veteran should they target?

Jan 13, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Joe Flacco (15) on the field after a
Jan 13, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Joe Flacco (15) on the field after a / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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The New England Patriots have plans to rebuild this team starting in 2024. Jerod Mayo is now the head coach for the Patriots and he will have his hands full. They roll into the offseason with $87 million in cap space per OvertheCap.

According to Mark Daniels of MassLive, the Patriots plan to draft a quarterback at No. 3 overall and also sign a veteran signal-caller.

The Patriots had one of the worst offenses in the league in 2023. They ranked 30th in total offense (276.2), 28th in passing offense (180.5), and tied for last in points per game (13.9).

New England would love to have a veteran be a mentor for their rookie quarterback and below we'll discuss three options who the Patriots should target.

1. Jimmy Garoppolo

The Las Vegas Raiders plan to release Jimmy Garoppolo when the new league begins. Garoppolo will hit the open market and is a player that New England could target.

Garoppolo was originally selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He ended up spending his first three seasons with them before getting shipped to the San Francisco 49ers.

The 32-year-old can be an efficient game manager who uses his poise to stay calm on the field. There are times when he takes unnecessary shots that result in turnovers but when he gets into a rhythm, he can be effective.

In 10 seasons, Garoppolo completed 67% of his throws for 15,494 passing yards, 94 passing touchdowns, and 51 interceptions.