NFL rumors: Patriots 'sniffed around' on Kyle Allen before trade to Redskins

Nick Goss
NBC Sports Boston

There's a been a lot of talk over the last week about the New England Patriots acquiring a veteran quarterback after Tom Brady took his talents to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in NFL free agency.

The idea is good in theory, but when you consider how little salary cap space the Patriots have at their disposal, targeting one of the top quarterbacks available -- Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, etc. -- isn't a very realistic scenario.

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Acquiring a QB with a smaller salary cap hit is one option, though, and Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer wrote in his mailbag Wednesday about one young player the Patriots considered.  

My belief is that the Patriots' post-Brady plan has 2020 as a year to get younger and get finances straightened out, and both should be apparent in how they handle the quarterback spot. One player I'd heard they sniffed around a little was Kyle Allen, who was traded from Carolina to Washington on Monday, and he's another one that falls into the Stidham/Hoyer category economically.

Allen is signed through 2020 with a base salary and cap hit of just $675,000, per Spotrac, so he would've been a low-cost option for the Patriots. Allen played in 13 games for the Carolina Panthers last season and started most of them after Cam Newton suffered a season-ending foot injury. The 24-year-old quarterback completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,322 yards with 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Stidham is a better quarterback than Allen, and it makes a lot of sense for the Patriots to give the 2019 fourth-round draft pick every opportunity to win the starting job. Not only did Stidham impress in training camp and preseason last year, he clearly left a positive impression on his teammates during practice, too, as Devin McCourty explained earlier this week.

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