The Patriots don't have an immediate need at quarterback - obviously.
But whether you want to think about it or not, that day is coming sooner rather than ever. Tom Brady, although very close to being a god, is not one, and age will catch up at some point.
The Pats brought in two draft prospect quarterbacks to Gillette last week, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater.
While Gary Tanguay doesn't think Manziel can play in the NFL, Mike Felger does. He also points out why he thinks the QBs made the visits.
"Hey look, I'm not Mel Kiper here or anything, I think [Manziel] can make it in the league," Felger said. "I think the league has changed in his direction, so I think Manziel can make it. So that's less of my concern. My concern is they've never done this. They've never brought in these kind of quarterbacks for Foxboro visits, and there's a reason. I think eventually in the next couple years they're going to draft Tom Brady's replacement and they're starting the process."
Felger says that getting a quarterback a couple years in advance is key, and the Pats won't wait until Brady is done to go shopping for one.
"It would not surprise me at all if Manziel were there and the Patriots took him," Felger said. "...Even if we think Brady's got two or three years left, the stupidest thing in the world would be to say, 'We're going to draft our quarterback when Brady's 39' because then you're pigeon-holed to that draft year, and what if there's no good quarterbacks that draft year. You start now."