The Patriots are expected to sign Kessler to a contract Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

He'll give the Patriots some added quarterback depth behind Tom Brady, joining rookie Jarrett Stidham in the team's backup mix. Per Reiss, having another signal-caller around could come in handy if Brady -- who was limited in practice last Wednesday and Thursday before working fully Friday -- takes any days off in the coming weeks.

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