Source confirms that New England Patriots traded backup QB Jarrett Stidham for the Las Vegas Raiders

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England PatriotsAre finalizing a trade for backup quarterback Jarrett StidhamThe Las Vegas RaidersESPN has confirmed that the following source was correct.

A source claims that the deal will see the teams flip late-round draft picks.

Stidham was once considered the top candidate to replace him. Tom BradyNew England 2020: He enters his fourth season as a player in the NFL. Derek CarrLas Vegas He joins Nick MullensAnd Garrett GilbertParticipate in a contest for this role. first reported on the trade Thursday.

It was a difficult time for Stidham to be with the Patriots. The former Auburn star was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round. He quickly rose to the No. Brady in his rookie year.

Brady left then for the Tampa Bay BuccaneersStidham appeared primed to be elevated to the starting role in 2020's free agency. New England signed veteran Cam Newton just weeks before training camp. Newton quickly won the No. Newton quickly earned the No. Brian HoyerStidham also won the top backup spot.

Stidham was once again blocked when the Patriots picked quarterback in 2021. Mac JonesIn the first round. Stidham was unable to make it onto the 2022 roster when the Patriots chose Western Kentucky quarterback. Bailey ZappeThe fourth round of the draft.

Over his three NFL seasons, Stidham was a reserve in eight games. He has completed 48 of 124 passes, 270 yards and two touchdowns.

He still has one year left on his contract and will earn a $965,000 base salary. The Patriots have not been generous with their salary caps and Stidham's trade provides some temporary relief.

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