Insider says the Patriots 'explored' signing a 35-year-old journeyman quarterback.

It's another chapter of the drama that's been going on for nearly a year, "As the Patriots' Quarterback Room Turns."

We know where we are right now, with Mac Jones as the Patriots' starter, Panthers castoff Matt Corral as his recently acquired backup, and his former backup

Malik Cunningham, the only Patriots quarterback to show much in the preseason, is also bouncing about on the practice squad.

According to Sports Illustrated insider Albert Breer, the Patriots were on the verge of taking a different approach with the position: 

bringing in a quality veteran backup behind Jones to help him develop professionally while also challenging Zappe for the backup job.

While there is speculation that the Patriots contacted Colt McCoy's camp when he was unexpectedly released by the Cardinals, 

Breer reports that another veteran—35-year-old Case Keenum, who is now with the Texans (the team that selected him in 2013)—also attracted the Patriots' interest.

"My sense is that, initially, the Patriots wanted to look at using a roster spot on a veteran with a lot of experience who could be a resource to Jones," 

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