I don't understand the rationale for a bridge quarterback. Seems like a bridge to nowhere. The Pats end up spending more on the QB position than they would by going with someone on a rookie contract and thus reduce the number of quality free agents they can sign. They don't get a full season as starter out of Stidham and therefore can't evaluate him going forward. Lastly, a mediocre quarterback is more likely to bring them in with something like an 8-8 record, making it less probable they can draft a stud with a high first round pick. If Brady leaves, go with Stidham. If he plays well, we have our future QB; if he flames out, we get a high first round pick and maybe the chance to draft someone who will fill Brady's shoes.