BOSTON (CBS) — The issue of figuring out a succession plan for Tom Brady has led to a difficult debate in recent years, but we now have a volunteer.

Former Alabama quarterback and two-time national champion A.J. McCarron spoke to reporters Friday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, and he said he would like the idea of being Brady’s backup in his first years in the NFL.

“I love the Patriots organization,” McCarron said, according to’s Nick Underhill. “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.”

Brady will turn 37 years old before the start of the 2014 season, and he’s been vocal about his desire to play as long as he can. So it’ll likely be at least two or three years before the Patriots really need to prepare for life without Brady.

McCarron, 23, isn’t likely to be drafted early, despite his success, as he lacks some of the attributes in top QB prospects like Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater. Yet his championship resume and the ties that Bill Belichick has with Alabama head coach Nick Saban make a future with the Patriots not completely out of the question.

“It’s almost like New England is the Alabama of pro football,” McCarron said, according to Underhill. “Coach Saban learned under coach Belichick. It would be almost deja vu in a way.”


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