The trade was the fifth time since Brady took over as the Patriots’ starting quarterback that the team team traded away one of this backups. Several others left as free agents.
While there are high hopes for Garoppolo in San Francisco, the track record for former Brady backups is less-than-stellar. Below we take a look at what happened to every notable Patriots backup quarterback during the Brady era.
Drew Bledsoe was drafted by the Patriots as the first pick in the 1993 draft and served as their starting quarterback for nine seasons, signing a then-record 10-year, $103 million contract nine months after they drafted Tom Brady. Bledsoe lost his job to Brady early in the 2001 season when he ruptured a blood vessel in his chest. He later returned, but did not regain his starting job.
Source: New York Times
Bledsoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills after the season for a first-round pick. He spent the next five seasons with the Bills and the Dallas Cowboys, going 35-35 as a starter. He now owns the Doubleback Winery in Walla Walla, Washington with his wife.
Damon Huard signed as a free agent with the Patriots prior to the 2001 season. He threw just one pass for the Patriots in three seasons as Brady’s backup.