We know what you're thinking: "Just what the Patriots need . . . another quarterback."
Well fret not. Despite reports from ESPN and Sports Illustrated that the Patriots worked out free-agent quarterback Brady Quinn earlier this week, Quinn told The Dan Patrick Show on Friday that the team he worked out would "need something to happen in order for me to possibly be there."
In other words, this is an emergency option for the Patriots. If Ryan Mallett were to get hurt -- or be moved in a trade -- the Patriots would need to have a bank of quarterback research that's as up-to-date as possible. Bringing in free-agent signal-callers for workouts is part of that process.
Quinn spent time with both the Jets and Rams last season, but he has not played in a game since 2012, when he started eight games and went 1-7 for the Kansas City Chiefs.
That's not the best track record off of which to be working, but the Patriots may hold a degree of interest in Quinn since he played under two different coaches with Patriots ties in previous spots. He was a quarterback under current Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll in both Cleveland and Kansas City, and he was in the Broncos system in 2010 during Josh McDaniels' stay there as head coach.