Tom Brady is coming off an MVP season, but that still isn't keeping the Patriots from considering the 34-year-old quarterback's heir apparent.
Last week, the team had Washington quarterback Jake Locker in for a visit. And this week, it's Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, who is visiting today and tomorrow, according to ESPN.com's James Walker.
The Patriots signed Brady to a contract extension through the 2014 season, and he'll be 37 at the end of the deal. Brady has said he'd like to play until he's at least 40, but the Patriots are apparently taking no chances by taking a closer look at this year's quarterbacks.
It's also possible the Patriots are looking at the quarterbacks as part of a continingency plan in the event they make a trade. The Patriots have three of the first 33 picks and have already received numerous inquiries on teams looking to trade.