Bedard: What’s next for the Patriots at quarterback A.B. – After Brady? (UPDATED)

(Getty Images)

He's gone. It's over. In Belichickian fashion, we're on to Cincinnati, and that means we're on to the 2020 season — that starts with the quarterback, After Brady.

We've already discussed the methodology and the candidates here previously, but we'll fuse the two and expound on our previous comments.

Basically, it's going to be about the financial situation the Patriots now find themselves in — all by their own doing in recent years by poor draftings and throwing millions of dollars (Antonio Brown) against the wall offensively. That's also part of the reason why Brady decided to part ways with the Patriots without much of a fight. After seeing the Patriots get involved but ultimately sit on the sidelines again while the likes of DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs were easily acquired by other teams, and watching the Patriots spend their available cap space to franchise tag a guard in Joe Thuney, Brady knew nothing was really going to change from last season, when he was miserable without much help around him.

So Brady exited stage left seeking a better situation with a helping hand from Belichick. And now the head coach is without an experienced starter.

What's next?