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Playing Behind Brady Has Its Benefits

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Backing up Tom Brady could be a surefire way to jockey for a starting position -- just not in New England. Photo by Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Image.
Backing up Tom Brady could be a surefire way to jockey for a starting position -- just not in New England. Photo by Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Image.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been in the NFL for 14 years and has played in 193 career games. During that time, he has the likes of  Doug Flutie, Vinny Testaverde, and Drew Bledsoe playing behind him on the depth chart. For a while, it seemed that Foxboro was the place for quarterbacks to finish their careers. Testaverde played only one more season after leaving New England and Flutie retired as Brady’s backup.

This trend seems to have turned around, at least for the time being. Nowadays, it appears that the Patriots like their back-ups young. A quarterback drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft – where the Pats could grab a guy like Georgia’s Aaron Murray in this year's draft – costs a base salary of around $650,000. Big-name second-string QBs in the NFL, such as Jacksonville's Chad Henne and and Miami's Matt Moore, both have two-year, $8 million contracts, a salary a lot higher than a rookie's.

While the Patriots could not reignite Tim Tebow’s career, these three players stand out as having benefited greatly from being Brady's back-up.