Quarterback Bailey Zappe is returning to the New England Patriots, choosing to sign with the practice squad on Wednesday, NFL Network and ESPN reported.
The move comes the day after his surprising cut from the team. Zappe cleared waivers and fielded offers from seven other teams, opting instead to rejoin the Patriots, per the report.
The Patriots are carrying just one QB on their active roster in starter Mac Jones. The team also cut rookie Malik Cunningham, who also signed with the practice squad Wednesday, per reports.
Zappe, who started two games last season, had a relatively ineffective 2023 preseason. He finished the team’s final tune-up game against Tennessee, going 8-for-15 for 57 yards and suffering four sacks.
Zappe, 24, was a fourth-round pick out of Western Kentucky by New England in the 2022 draft and appeared in four games last season, connecting on 65 of his 92 pass attempts for 781 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions.
–Field Level Media