The Patriots have made headlines this offseason at the quarterback spot – with Tom Brady saying he’s optimistic about being ready for the 2009 season opener, and Matt Cassel traded to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Albeit to a much lesser degree, the Patriots showed up on the NFL’s quarterback radar again today as the team hosted veteran Patrick Ramsey on a free-agent visit.
Ramsey, 30, has been with the Redskins (2002-2005), Jets (2006) and Broncos (2007-2008). After starting 23 games over the first three years of his career, he’s started just one contest over the last four seasons.
The visit with Ramsey could indicate that the Patriots are considering adding a veteran backup, similar to 2005 (Doug Flutie) and 2006 (Vinny Testaverde).
The Patriots currently have Brady, second-year man Kevin O’Connell (2008 third-round draft pick) and third-year signal-caller Matt Gutierrez on the roster at quarterback.
In addition to Ramsey, the Patriots also hosted free-agent guard Scott Young at Gillette Stadium. The 6-foot-4, 312-pound Young has suited up for the Eagles (2005-2007) and Browns (2008), appearing in 14 games (0 starts). The Patriots have shown interest in Young in the past.