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Trace McSorley Signs With New England Patriots

He’ll be throwing dimes in Massachusetts, folks.

Former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley agreed to a deal with the New England Patriots, the team announced Thursday.

McSorley signed as an unrestricted free agent, though terms of the contract weren’t announced.

The 27-year-old had seen limited time on the field as a member of the Baltimore Ravens for four years and the Arizona Cardinals for one year.

McSorley attended Briar Woods High School in Loudoun County, Virginia. He sat behind Christian Hackenberg as a redshirt freshman at Penn State but started in the Nittany Lions’ loss to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl. 

McSorley became the team’s full-time starter in 2016, leading a loaded roster to a Big Ten Championship Game win over Wisconsin and a Rose Bowl berth against USC. In 2017, McSorley’s squad defeated Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.

McSorley was selected by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He threw the first and only touchdown pass of his career against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020.

The Cardinals signed McSorley from the Ravens’ practice squad in 2021. Last season, he notably dueled Tom Brady in a hard-fought 19-16 overtime loss.

McSorley’s 9,899 career passing yards make him second in Penn State history behind Sean Clifford who broke the record in 2022.

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Adam Babetski

Adam Babetski is a senior double majoring in broadcast journalism and medieval history and is one of Onward State's associate editors. He's from the only part of Virginia without tractors and southern accents, except Richmond (reportedly). You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBabetski for hot takes about sports. For serious inquiries, email [email protected].

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