Patriots, mock draft
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Could the New England Patriots be making room for another quarterback? Reportedly, they will release veteran backup Cody Kessler in a surprising move.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media shared the news Wednesday afternoon.

Kessler was slated to make $935,000 in 2020 with zero guaranteed money in the deal and would have been a free agent in 2021 if he wasn’t cut by the Patriots this offseason.

A former third-round pick out of USC, Kessler has made 12 career starts, going 2-10 in those games. Throughout his career, he’s completed 64.2% of his passes for 2,115 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Likely, he’ll land on his feet with a new team before training camp.

With Kessler out, the Patriots could be potentially angling for a certain veteran whose prospects have slimmed considerably in recent weeks. Then again, perhaps they follow our lead and use the 2020 NFL Draft to land the quarterback of the future.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.