Up until a few weeks ago, the thought was Jarrett Stidham would get the chance to be the Patriots' quarterback of the future.
If he performed well in 2020 by showing promise it would be his job, but after the team signed Cam Newton, where does he stand within the organization? What about Newton? Could the Patriots sign him to a long-term deal if he plays well in 2020?
On Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Thursday, NFL Media's Mike Giardi was asked about the chances of New England re-signing Newton after this season.
"I think it comes down to cost, right? he said. "I don’t see Bill (Belichick) slapping the franchise tag on him, especially since the number is going to keep going up on that front and you know the cap is either going to flatten out or drop because of the environment that we’re in with COVID and probably not having fans in the stands. Unless Cam (is willing to take) a below star quarterback deal then no.
"And I still think there are plans for Stidham. I think they like where he is, they like how he’s developed. Again, they have to see it on the field. That is one of the things I was told throughout last year and certainly after Brady left was — we just heard these great things about Stidham, but until he does it in Buffalo on the road, down three, down six, with one timeout and he has to take (them) 80 yards down the field, then who knows what he really is.”
Newton signed a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Patriots that become official on Wednesday.
Listen to the complete interview below.