If by some chance AJ McCarron ends up in New England, he would feel right at home.

"It's almost like New England is the Alabama of pro football," the Rolling Tide product said. "Coach (Nick) Saban learned under coach (Bill) Belichick. It would be almost deja vu in a way."

That outcome is not farfetched. The Patriots could shop backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, who is entering the final year of his contract, this offseason, and may be in the market to find a successor for Tom Brady.

If that person happens to be McCarron, the quarterback said he would have no problem sitting on the sidelines and watching Brady work.

"I love the Patriots organization," McCarron said. "If I had the chance to go there and sit behind Brady for however long and learn from one of the best to ever play the game, that would be an awesome experience."