The Patriots selected Jarrett Stidham in the fourth round of the 2019 draft and are said to be high on him, and most believe that New England will spend 2020 cleaning up its salary-cap situation and preparing for a return to contention in 2021. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

We heard earlier Tuesday that the Patriots may be gearing up for a starting quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham, but Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston says that as of now, the job is Stidham’s to lose.

There is plenty of logic to that. The Patriots selected Stidham in the fourth round of the 2019 draft and are said to be high on him, and most believe that New England will spend 2020 cleaning up its salary-cap situation and preparing for a return to contention in 2021. That means that New England will not pursue a potentially pricey QB such as the recently released Cam Newton, and it means that Stidham will have a chance to prove that he can be the rightful heir to Tom Brady.

Curran does say that if the COVID-19 pandemic puts a damper on Stidham’s development — which it seems almost certain to do — then Brian Hoyer could get the nod to open the 2020 season. Stidham, however, would probably step in at some point thereafter. The Auburn product threw just four passes in his rookie campaign but put together a strong two years against SEC defenses in 2017-18.

While we’re on the subject of the Patriots, let’s round up a few more notes out of Foxborough:

  • The release of longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski did not create $3.5 million of cap space, as originally reported. Because $2 million of Gostkowski’s 2020 salary was fully guaranteed, the move actually frees up less than $1 million of space. So as Ben Volin of the Boston Globe tweets, Gostkowski’s release wasn’t financially motivated; New England just wanted a new kicker.
  • Hoyer’s contract calls for a $1.05 million salary with $2 million in playing-time incentives, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). Because his deal with the Colts contained offsets, Hoyer will earn at least $2 million in 2020.
  • The Patriots agreed to sign veteran defensive back Cody Davis on Monday, and ESPN’s Field Yates reports that he will take home a $1.1 million base salary and landed a $100,000 signing bonus (Twitter link). He will carry a cap charge of $1.5 million.
  • Fullback Dan Vitale‘s new contract is a one-year pact worth $1.3 million, as Mike Reiss of ESPN.com tweets. He received a $100,000 signing bonus and can earn another $200,000 in playing-time incentives.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.



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