In his first experience in the free-agent market, Cam Newton saw him remain available for the last few months. However, he has found his next home in the league with the New England Patriots on a surprisingly inexpensive deal for the 2020 season. It has brought forth questions concerning why Newton decided to join the Patriots. There may finally be solid reasoning for his choice to sign with New England after months of waiting in free agency.
Cam Newton signs with Patriots
For the first time in his career, Cam Newton entered free agency, but it wasn’t a fruitful experience as he would expect.
Instead, it saw teams such as the Los Angeles Chargers, Chicago Bears, and Patriots all elect to pass on bringing him in. That brought forward the narrative that it could reasons aside from his health as the dialogue shifted over to him potentially being unwilling to take up the role as a backup.
That, combined with his health problems over the last couple of seasons, only made it more difficult for him to find his next landing spot.
It all changed last Sunday as Newton inked a one-year deal with the Patriots with a base salary of $1.1 million that could be worth up to $7.5 million. That contract alone immediately shined the light on his reasoning for taking that type of money with New England that is well below his market value.
Why Cam Newton signed with the Patriots
Since Cam Newton’s contract with the Patriots was revealed, there has been plenty of conversation around why he took the deal.
Newton took to Twitter last Thursday to air out that it was more for respect rather than money. However, Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal has voiced that the 31-year-old’s sole motivation with the contract is to prove that he can still be a long-term starter in the NFL.
“As one Patriots source told me recently, ‘This deal isn’t about this season for Cam, it’s about the next four or five.’ ”
Newton is heading into a situation where he can earn the starting job outright with his competition for the position being Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer. The pieces are in place for him to regain the recognition around the league as one of the top quarterbacks. It will all start with vying to be the starter in New England for the 2020 campaign.
Cam Newton’s Chance to Prove Himself With Patriots
Cam Newton is entering a situation with the Patriots, where they are looking to find their next long-term solution under center after Tom Brady’s departure.
Those are significant shoes to fill, but Newton is the most experienced of the three quarterbacks on the roster. Despite bringing in the three-time Pro Bowler, the team remains optimistically high on Jarrett Stidham, becoming more than a capable starting quarterback.
It’s a low-risk, high-reward move for the Patriots with a one-year deal with Newton as he’s playing for well below his market value. The table is laid out to prove to the coaching staff that he can lead the franchise to their sustained success in 2020 and potentially beyond that.
New England has nothing to lose with the move, while Newton has everything to gain to showcase that he can still play at an elite level. He has his NFL future directly on his shoulders.