Former Patriots Star Makes Shocking Prediction for Team's Quarterback Future

Jul 28, 2021; Foxborough, MA, United States; New England Patriots running back James White (28)
Jul 28, 2021; Foxborough, MA, United States; New England Patriots running back James White (28) / Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson has been unceremoniously dumped by Sean Payton in Denver, only nineteen months removed from a blockbuster trade in which the Broncos sent two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-rounder, and three contributing players, including quarterback Drew Lock, to Seattle for Wilson. Denver doubled down on their faith in the former Super Bowl champion by inking him to a five-year, $245 million extension prior to his first season in the Mile High City. The eulogy for Wilson's time in Broncos orange and blue has been all but written, with the final verdict nearly unanimously in Seattle's favor.

Once news broke of the divorce between Wilson and the Broncos, lists of potential suitors for the nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback immediately began percolating.

Former Patriots three-time Super Bowl champion and team captain James White has an intriguing landing spot: New England.

Patriots Country, Let's Ride? James White Predicts Russell Wilson to New England

Obviously, Wilson joining the Patriots wouldn't be a long-term solution for the franchise, but the 35 year old could prove to be a valuable stopgap player and buy New England a year or two while the team identifies that long-term quarterback and develops him. Bailey Zappe has admirably done enough to breathe second life into the team, but he is still miles away from being a franchise quarterback.

There is also a lingering elephant in the room. Bill Belichick is widely considered to be coaching as a lame duck, and without knowing who will be calling the shots for the next Patriots regime, it is difficult to objectively predict how New England could operate this offseason.

Although the Patriots have shown more life with two wins in their last three games (after only two wins in their first 12), the harsh reality is that their recent uptick in performance might just have played them out of drafting the top two collegiate quarterbacks: Caleb Williams and Drake Maye. Heisman winner Jayden Daniels could still be a possibility at four, but regardless, recent wins could force the team to pivot and consider an option like Wilson more so than they would have a few weeks ago.

White isn't exactly far off with his take either. The Athletic named four potential suitors for Wilson this offseason, with the Patriots included amongst the Raiders, Commanders, and Vikings.

Does White have any "inside information" as an eight-year veteran and team captain in New England? Once again, if the Belichick regime is toppled and Robert Kraft cleans house, you can pretty much throw out everything that you know or think about how New England operates regarding personnel.

Ultimately, the opinion of a former eight-year Patriots veteran, three-time Super Bowl Champion, and team captain can't be taken lightly when it concerns what the team might do. Patriots Country, let's ride?

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