Report: Patriots, Cam Newton are expected to part ways

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It’s looking like the Cam Newton experiment in New England will be one and done.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported on Sunday NFL Countdown that the Patriots and the 2015 NFL MVP are expected to part ways this offseason.

Newton will become a free agent, and he’ll be available to go wherever he wants to go. He was in the same boat a year ago, but he got to market late when the Panthers delayed releasing him until after exploring all trade options. The health issue also caused teams to be leery, combined with the inability of teams to fully and completely evaluate his foot, his ankle, and his shoulder.

This year, he gets a straight shot at the open market — but there are real questions about his current skills and abilities. He has five touchdown passes this season. During his MVP campaign, he threw for five touchdown passes in three different games.

For the Patriots, it means finding another starting quarterback. Whether that’s Jarrett Stidham or a veteran or a rookie remains to be seen.

Newton will exit with $3.7 million for one season of work. It’s far from market value, but it was the best deal he could find last year. This time around, he’ll have a better chance to get a much better deal.

77 responses to “Report: Patriots, Cam Newton are expected to part ways

  1. I was hoping hed stick around 1 more season and leave a lasting impression on Bills wardrobe.

  2. He played a full season and only has 5 passing TDs in today’s NFL?

    Revenge tour fail.

  3. What a shocker. I’ll admit though, I couldnt have been more wrong on this one. I was predicting an MVP type comeback season for Cam. I put too much faith in the BB effect. So much for that terrible prediction.

  4. Newton, Patriots to part ways … to the surprise of precisely no one. The guy was awful.

  5. Seriously im sure it’s not that big of a deal, you have to admit it just didn’t work out and he played horrible as the team went along. Maybe a high priced back up but I think his days are coming to a close. unless WFT takes a chance. Superman has left the building and I think this time it’s for good.

  6. Why would Cam expect a big pay day?
    Andy Dalton who had a $3 million base salary outplayed Cam.

  7. Well this just goes to show how great Brady was for years playing without top tier receivers.

  8. nflcombineresults says:
    New England will be a tough destination for any passer given the lack of weapons present.
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    Based on what I saw in 2020 you could give Cam Newton DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs and Jamal Adams and the improvement would be negligible, unless they can train their shoelaces to make catches, and the NFL changes its rules to allow stepladders for wide receivers.

  9. I don’t think they should have signed him to begin with but hindsight is always 50-50.

  10. Good luck to Cam in free agency!

    Now for the Patriots to get serious about finding a starting QB. And no, the answer isn’t Stidham. If it were, he would’ve been starting already.

    Trade options might include: Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, Derek Carr or Jimmy Garoppolo.

  11. How could he possibly be in a better situation this off season?? He’ll be lucky to land a back up role at the league minimum.

  12. Remember a year ago when many here expected Stidham to step right into Brady’s job, but then he couldn’t even beat out Cam Newton?

  13. I wonder how much longer we will have to hear about that “MVP” season of his. Hopefully not much longer than Lamar Jackson’s.

  14. I always thought Tim Tebow and Cam Newton would be good tight ends in this league. Newton could have been the next Calvin Johnson. However, neither player would probably ever be willing to change positions. It worked for Julian Edelman.

  15. Honestly, the guy I want is Jameis Winston. Seriously, the guy led the league in passing yardage last year! A 3 year deal, in the backup money range, would be a great bridge QB. Sign him early, and don’t feel pressured at the draft to land 1 of the top 4 QB’s. If they are gone, trading back would be a welcome option. Draft is rich in receivers, where the Pats could also use some serious help.
    It will be a process, not a quick fix.

  16. Bills 12-3
    Dolphins 10-5
    6x world champs, with so many upcoming stars 6-9

    How’s the playoffs Patriot Fans? 🙂

  17. As I said before he played one down for the Patriots, this was a square peg trying to be forced into a round hole. What I don’t get is, if I knew this, how did Belichick not see it? Maybe it was last minute desperation after watching Stiddy regress. Whatever the reason, this idea of plugging Cam in was destined to fail from day one

  18. Part of me feels bad for the guy but he just never got it. He never understood what it meant to be a leader. Something about him just always felt inauthentic.

  19. Dressing and “fashion” seem to capture his interests more than football. He’s done as a football player.

  20. It’s to be expected. Who’s next to NE? I think Dalton or Rivers is a possibility. They need to spend draft capitol on receivers and TEs – not QBs.

  21. ……
    jameshodges says:
    January 3, 2021 at 11:52 am
    I always thought Tim Tebow and Cam Newton would be good tight ends in this league. Newton could have been the next Calvin Johnson. However, neither player would probably ever be willing to change positions. It worked for Julian Edelman.
    ……
    Edelman was a 7th round pick and there was no intention of using him as a qb. To play in the nfl, he had to change positions. Tebow and Newton were first round picks drafted to be qbs. I agree with your comment that Tebow might have been a successful te.

  22. lgw91s says:
    January 3, 2021 at 11:53 am
    Honestly, the guy I want is Jameis Winston. Seriously, the guy led the league in passing yardage last year! A 3 year deal, in the backup money range, would be a great bridge QB. Sign him early, and don’t feel pressured at the draft to land 1 of the top 4 QB’s. If they are gone, trading back would be a welcome option. Draft is rich in receivers, where the Pats could also use some serious help.
    It will be a process, not a quick fix.
    ___________________

    You aren’t signing any decent quarterback for “backup” money for multiple years. Winston, Dalton, and Fitzpatrick are all set to be free agents. If you sign any of them to be the starter, they will want starter money. If you want to pay someone backup money, you wait until June and sign the guy that no other team wanted.

  23. Coming up on 6 years since his one and only great season. Why would any team want to sign him to the roster? I don’t mean as a starter. I mean, to the roster.

  24. No one who’s seen Stidham play thinks he’s the answer to any question.

    Regarding Cam, it’s obvious that he’s not physically healthy and it’s one of the season’s great mysteries why this hasn’t been discussed in great length. What is the longest any of Cam’s passes have traveled through the air? 20 yards?

  25. I don’t know if he’ll be there when they draft but MC Jones struck me as a Belichick QB. Smart, gets rid of the ball quick to the best option. Not a runner but can move in the pocket. Doesn’t stare down receivers. Throws a catchable ball.

    Bill can find players at most positions but he needs a QB that is disciplined, durable and a winner.

  26. Fund fact. Derek Carr is tied with Cam Newton for 2nd in TD passes in Foxborough this season.

  27. Stidham is not the answer. They need to draft a good college QB and sign an established NFL free agent who can be the bridge until the kid is ready. Someone who can THROW THE BALL would be nice.

  28. I agree w sanjose; it seems obvious that something isn’t right w Cam’s arm.
    nagging injury he opted to play through.
    Kudos for toughing through… but, clearly, way off expected form.

  29. Fun Fact: Blake Bortles has thrown more touchdown passes against the New England Patriots than Can Newton has thrown for the New England Patriots.

  30. Inevitable. I dont think anyone expected Cam to be back with them next year. He will probably opt to retire rather than be a backup somewhere.

  31. Cam had a lousy year but he busted his fanny and the Pats fans appreciated that. He’s just done, I believe. Sorry Cam cannot resist this joke but you may be popular on the runway with your tall hunky physique and your expert eye for fashion … I can’t go on.

  32. Cam Newton thought LAST offfseason was tough????

    Five TD passes, he did himself no favors.

  33. Cam needs some time off to re-dedicate himself to flying to Italy and buying all those custom, silk suits, hats and canes. He will be fine. Remember, with Newt, it’s all about the Look. Never the wins.

  34. Love’em or hate’em, Cam absorbs some good hits and makes good football. What a grinder.

  35. It wasn’t the losing that bothered me as a Pats fan this season. It was watching a washed up bum play week after week. Again today against the Jets he’s doing the same things. Throwing balls two to three feet short at the feet of open receivers. Taking sacks instead of throwing it away and throwing when he should run and for gawds sake, that’s all he can do is run. Sure, NE is short on weapons, but that includes Newton as there are plenty of less than average qbs who could of done better in NE. Cam Newton is washed up. Good-bye and good luck.

  36. The Patriots had no money this year. Next year they can spend.

    They will also get back some significant starters who opted out.

    And now they will be drafting higher.

  37. Patriots had basically given up on this year anyway with all the veteran opt outs. Newton is horrible and Stidham no better. Could definitely see Jimmy G. getting back to Pats with SF giving up on his big salary. Shanahan has done well with whomever has been back there so I could see them keeping Mullins but going after someone else.

  38. 6burgh – Guess the Dolphins aren’t making the playoff’s either huh 6burgh ? So much for your comment.


  39. Bmanct says:
    January 3, 2021 at 3:35 pm
    Jimmy G’s coming.

    Just need someone to play the other 10 games of the season.

  40. ninersapologist says:
    January 3, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Part of me feels bad for the guy but he just never got it. He never understood what it meant to be a leader. Something about him just always felt inauthentic.

    ***********************************

    I completely disagree about Cam’s leadership. His leadership and what he brought to the locker room is probably the reason Belichick continued to start him even when it was clear the season was a lost cause. That would also correlate with reports from day one that players gravitated towards him and his upbeat personality.

    It’s very possible Cam doesn’t have “it” anymore thanks to injury, but not getting signed until the end of June, not having a real training camp, and not being able to practice in a typical manner only compounded it. That’s why I don’t understand all the dancing on the graves some of you armchair QB/GM/Commenters are doing. How can you root against a guy who has the right attitude and is a victim of being screwed over by circumstance (and the Panthers)?

  41. Shocking, but he played well and still does good commercials. They are going to regret turning superman. Oh you think I am joking as him.

  42. pedro1358 says:
    January 3, 2021 at 4:44 pm
    6burgh – Guess the Dolphins aren’t making the playoff’s either huh 6burgh ? So much for your comment.

    5 1 Rate This

    Where in my comment did is state the Dolphins where playoff bound. The post was simple, just the standings of the teams ahead of you in your 3rd place finish 🙂 so once again, how’s those playoffs Patriot fans?

  43. 6burgh says:
    January 3, 2021 at 9:47 pm
    pedro1358 says:
    January 3, 2021 at 4:44 pm
    6burgh – Guess the Dolphins aren’t making the playoff’s either huh 6burgh ? So much for your comment.

    5 1 Rate This

    Where in my comment did is state the Dolphins where playoff bound. The post was simple, just the standings of the teams ahead of you in your 3rd place finish 🙂 so once again, how’s those playoffs Patriot fans?

    —-

    The thing that you’re so clearly missing is that none of us Patriots fans are sick over missing the playoffs. None of us think Belichick doesn’t know what he’s doing. That, and we’re all still giddy over the last million years of being on top.

    So that’s how we feel. You have more going on in your head about it than we do.

  44. The Patriots were a 9-7 to 10-6 type team until they signed Scam. That signing turned them into a 7-9 at best team.

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