If this off season wasn’t bad enough with losing Tom Brady, now this happened. It doesn’t come as a surprise to most, with the Patriots left with no real quarterback and decided not to draft one in this year’s draft.
Cam Newton has not been a quarterback of high interest and to be honest, this was more of a moment of desperation then about wanting Cam Newton.
The New England Patriots and Cam Newton came to an agreement Sunday night. The incentive-laden deal is worth a maximum of $7.5 million. In other words, the Patriots made sure they weren’t investing a lot of money in his mediocre (at best) performance. That if he wants to get paid, he is going to have to actually perform at a high level (and learn how to throw an accurate ball).
The Patriots were going to enter the 2020 season with a bunch of second and third string quarterbacks at best. With the a quarterback roster looking like…Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and rookies Brian Lewerke and J’Mar Smith. Not that Newton is this significant upgrade, but he is an upgrade none-the-less.
Newton, 31, is coming off two injury-plagued seasons. In 2019, he only played in two games while dealing with a Lisfranc injury in his foot. In 2018, a nagging shoulder injury bothered him throughout the year, before he was finally shut down for the final two games of the season.
Newton has a 71-59-1 career record as a starting quarterback. He has completed 2,371 of 3,980 passes, barely being able to complete half his passes (59.6%). He has thrown for 29,041 yards, with only 184 TDs in nine seasons, while making making numerous horrible decisions in throwing 108 INTs .
Will this be a one and done? More than likely, but only the 2020 season will tell. All eyes will be on Cam, his relationship with Bill Belichick and whether or not he can fit into the Patriots system offense.