Cam Newton is getting a little bit of a shocking second probability to be the Patriots’ beginning quarterback. Newton, after struggling along with his new staff in New England in 2020, has been prolonged with a one-year, $14 million deal.
After the Patriots lowballed the previous Panthers QB in signing him to a one-year, $1.1 million contract final June, Newton obtained a big increase to maintain him from coming into NFL free company in 2021.
Final season, Newton confirmed promise early as a twin menace for Invoice Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, regardless of the abbreviated, distinctive offseason. However that rapidly modified when he landed on the COVID-19 checklist to start October.
He ended up with shaky passing numbers all-around in 15 video games: 2,657 yards, eight TDs, 10 INTs, 7.22 yards per try, 82.9 passer score. However in averaging greater than 9 speeding makes an attempt per sport, Newton racked up 592 yards and 12 TDs.
The Patriots adjusted effectively to his type of play. Newton was harm by a shaky offensive line, restricted assist in the receiving corps and an try to soak up a posh new offense in a brief interval.
Though Newton is making way more than a yr in the past, $14 million remains to be a cut price in relation to the QB market. The Patriots have been near $70 million underneath the wage cap for 2021 earlier than the transfer and allotting about 20 p.c of that to deliver again Newton is not a lot.
The Patriots might have gone after a unique free-agent flyer QB, similar to Jameis Winston. They noticed sufficient good issues from Newton, nevertheless, to stay with a well-recognized choice as an alternative of scrambling for a brand new one.
New England officers are additionally unsure to get their quarterback of alternative with the No. 15 general choose within the NFL Draft. Newton provides the Patriots flexibility, ought to North Dakota State’s Trey Lance or Alabama’s Mac Jones not be obtainable then. The Patriots might additionally get a unique offensive ability participant there and contemplate Florida’s Kyle Trask within the second spherical at No. 46 general.
Newton stays a low-risk, high-reward signing. If he cannot once more stay as much as the expectations of Belichick and McDaniels, the Patriots can simply transfer on, both with their stashed high-drafted rookie for 2021 or diving right into a first-rounder in 2022.
The Patriots have been in want of a contingency plan regardless and from their perspective Newton made probably the most sense. On the similar time, they are not dedicated to a QB who turns 32 in Might with a very good probability that his ceiling because the 2015 NFL MVP is effectively behind him. The brand new contract suggests he’s nonetheless considered as a bridge QB, not a long-term resolution.