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.
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.