Mike Lombardi: I would never rule out Patriots as potential Cam Newton suitor


It is May 9 and Cam Newton, a three-time Pro Bowler and the 2015 Offensive Player of the Year, is still a free agent.

The 30-year-old was released by Carolina a few weeks back and still has yet to sign with a team, as it seems everyone has its starting quarterback situation figured out.

Writing for The Athletic, former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi believes Newton could be a fit with the Bears and Jaguars, but also would never rule out New England, although he acknowledged it likes Jarrett Stidham and is up against the salary cap.

"Still, if Newton’s medical and price tag aligns with the Patriots’ salary cap thinking, I would never rule them out as potential suitor," Lombardi wrote. "Newton could play well in New England. He would have to accept the structure and culture, but his love of football and his love of winning would allow him to adapt."

In the end, Lombardi believes it is in Newton's best interest to wait things out, as who knows what could happen over the summer. Perhaps something could happen to a NFL starter and then he would fall right back into place as a NFL starting quarterback.