Cam Newton will be back in New England and based on what has been discussed over the last few weeks, it really shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise.
The free agent class at the position is not very appealing, and it seems the Patriots believe Newton in Year 2 with more options in the passing game would be better than any of the free agents coming to New England in Year 1.
It makes sense given the options include Jacoby Brissett, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alex Smith and Mitchell Trubisky.
The Patriots have the third-most cap space in the league this offseason and are in a position to add a great deal of talent to the roster.
With that being said, this doesn’t mean the Patriots will be satisfied at the position and not make any more moves whether in free agency/trades or the draft.
Having Newton in place ensures they won’t be in a position like they were last offseason not having anything until July when they signed Newton.
It still seems Jimmy Garoppolo is Option A, but with no guarantee he will eventually become available, the team needed to be proactive and add someone in case he doesn’t. Also, given Garoppolo’s injury history, a proven backup would make sense.
This also could mean a QB is a priority high in the draft as Newton could be viewed as a good player for a rookie to learn from. Last season showed Newton is an outstanding leader and someone who could mentor a young player at the position.
Bottom line, adding Newton certainly does not mean the team is done and satisfied with Newton, Jarrett Stidham and Jake Dolegala in the quarterbacks room.
Another thing to consider is having Newton on the roster ahead of free agency could potentially entice other offensive free agents to sign in New England. While Newton certainly had a down year in 2020, he’s still highly viewed around the league among veterans. Newton is probably the only free agent quarterback who could have other free agents want to play with him.
This should be viewed as a good move for the Patriots as like the Trent Brown move earlier in the week, they are being somewhat aggressive and taking matters into their own hands, and this likely will not be the only move at the position this offseason.