Matt Gutierrez: Ten days ago, you, me, and just about everyone but Momma Cassel thought he should have won the backup job, so maybe there's a place for him here yet.
Drew Bledsoe: Ol' No. 11 doesn't strike me as someone who wishes ill will upon others. But deep down inside, he has to at least have a simmering case of schadenfreude, doesn't he? Anyway, I'd actually like the idea of him returning as a backup, but I get the sense Bledsoe is someone who enjoys retirement much more than he ever enjoyed football, and they'd never be able to find him out on the lake anyway.
Sam Cassell Whoops, my bad . . . wrong sport, and no relation. And besides, we all know he hates to pass.
Vinny Testaverde: He can probably still sling a tight spiral at age 73, but Brady could beat him in a footrace even if he ends up in a cast from ankle to thigh. He can't play anymore, but I wouldn't be shocked if Belichick brought him in as another set of eyes and ears for Cassel.
Doug Flutie: I'm actually surprised he's not angling for this.
Steve Grogan: I'm pretty sure he's younger than Testaverde, and you know the Toughest Patriot QB of 'Em All would be game. So tell him to dig out the massive neck brace already and we'll see him at the Meadowlands.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.