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Tom Brady's replacement will most likely be a quarterback already on the New England Patriots roster.
Jarrett Stidham, Cody Kessler and Brian Hoyer, all of whom are on inexpensive deals, are the three signal-callers the Patriots employ. The combination of trust in Stidham, Hoyer's veteran leadership and minimal salary-cap availability have forced the Patriots into this option.
Even after kicker Stephen Gostkowski's release, the Patriots do not have much room to bring in a big name at any position.
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ESPN's Mike Reiss said on NFL Live on Wednesday it is "highly, highly unlikely" the Patriots add another veteran option at quarterback.