SJ - March 2, 2021
Cam Newton had flashes of the old superstar MVP quarterback he once was last season in New England. Ultimately he showed why the Patriots were the only team willing to sign him.
Last season's subpar result led many to speculate that Newton would be one-and-done in a Patriots uniform. That may not be the case. The Patriots might consider bringing Newton back for another season.
From Boston Globe:
Bill Belichick’s praise for Cam Newton throughout the 2020 season wasn’t an act. Multiple sources who have spoken with Belichick this offseason said he does nothing but rave about Newton and the effort the quarterback put forth in 2020. The only problem Belichick is concerned with is Newton’s arm strength, with Newton having suffered multiple shoulder injuries in the last five years. In 2019, Newton acknowledged on his YouTube channel that his injuries sapped his ability to throw downfield.
But Belichick did seem to genuinely enjoy coaching Newton, and multiple sources said they would not be surprised to see Newton back with the Patriots, especially if he’s willing to take another cheap contract (though probably not minimum salary again). But everyone also expects the Patriots to draft a quarterback in the first few rounds.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Patriots signed Newton for another year. I also wouldn't be surprised if they won a few more games. Not because of Cam, but New England is going to have a lot of players who sat out because of COVID returning this season. Those guys could add a few games to the win column.
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