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Patriots trade quarterback Jarrett Stidham to Las Vegas Raiders

Jarrett Stidham will be reunited with Josh McDaniels in Las Vegas.John Tlumacki

When the Patriots drafted record-setting quarterback Bailey Zappe last month, it portended that Jarrett Stidham’s days in New England were coming to an end.

That became a reality Thursday when Stidham was traded to Las Vegas to reunite with Josh McDaniels, a league source confirmed. The Patriots will also send a seventh-round pick to the Raiders and will receive a sixth-round selection.

Similar to Zappe, Stidham was a fourth-round pick (in 2019). He was never able to work his way up the depth chart as he had former MVPs in front of him his first two seasons — Tom Brady in 2019 and Cam Newton in 2020.


Jarrett Stidham was a fourth-round pick in 2019.Matthew J Lee

Last season, Stidham was sidelined by back surgery and wasn’t activated from the physically unable to perform list until November. He stood as the third-string quarterback behind Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer and never suited up for a game.

Stidham, who completed 24 of 48 passes for 270 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions in eight games (zero starts), now gets a fresh chance with McDaniels, his offensive coordinator the last three years.

The Raiders, who will host the Patriots this season, have Derek Carr as their starting quarterback. Stidham joins a group of understudies, including Garrett Gilbert, Nick Mullens, and rookie Chase Garbers.

Stidham is the latest in a long line of ex-Patriots to join McDaniels out west, including, Brandon Bolden, Jakob Johnson, Chandler Jones, Duron Harmon, Gilbert, Tashawn Bower, and Cre’Von LeBlanc.

Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.