Despite an impressive two-game audition, Jarrett Stidham will not be the Raiders’ starting quarterback next season.
The former New England Patriots QB will leave Las Vegas to sign a two-year, $10 million contract with the Denver Broncos, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. The Patriots traded Stidham, whom they took in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, to the Raiders last May.
The 26-year-old likely will back up Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, who is coming off a turbulent first season in Denver.
Stidham started the final two games of the 2022 season after the Raiders decided to bench Derek Carr. And the Auburn product impressed, completing 45 of 70 passes for 584 yards and four touchdowns to go along with three interceptions over the two contests.
Where the Raiders go from here is anyone’s guess. Free agent Jimmy Garoppolo seems like a logical fit, but Vegas also owns the seventh overall pick in next month’s draft.
UPDATE: The Raiders are indeed signing Garoppolo, according to multiple reports.