Patriots did not try to trade Cam Newton before cutting him

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Plenty of teams ostensibly could use quarterbacks. Before cutting the quarterback who, as of as week or so ago, was the starter in New England, the Patriots did not try to trade that player to a team that perhaps would want to sign him.

Per a league source, the Patriots did not attempt to trade Cam Newton before cutting him.

The move was made out of respect for Newton. If the Patriots had begun calling around in an effort to generate interest, all it would have taken was one person to say one thing to one reporter, and the news that the Patriots are trying to trade Cam would have become the biggest story in all of football.

Instead, the biggest story is that the Patriots have cut Cam. It’s an astonishing development, which underscores the reality that, in the NFL, anything can happen. Sometimes, anything does.

57 responses to “Patriots did not try to trade Cam Newton before cutting him

  1. Perhaps Carson Wentz should take note.

    Like CAM, Wentz is apparently not vaccinated & is now on the sidelines after being exposed to COVID, instead of practicing & getting ready after his surgery.

  2. It’s not really that surprising. Cam was on backup money, they never made a big financial commitment to him. His role was always to be a short-term bridge. It’s only shocking if you think Cam is still the same player as his MVP year.

  3. trade him to who? and for what?
    .
    i dont remeber cam having a boatload of teams breaking his door down last time he was unemployed.
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    if he doesnt have a job by friday…hell be playing madden nfl with kap this season

  4. “Cam will be the starter.” – NHPats

    bWahahah
    abwahahaha

    Just like when all BB had was Stidham and Hoyer in 2020, Newton would have pushed Stid in camp. Oh wait, there was a pandemic, there was no camp. Bad luck.

    Enter Mac Jones with a similar skill set and a camp.

    Just like I said. Now, BB has 2 prospects at qb while the 49ers mortgaged their future for a project from Div 2.

    It can’t be made up. It just can’t.

    The joy of knowing the haters time is over. Pats will be 3-0 when Diva Brady comes to town and they’re coming for old man Brady. Oh, they’re coming.

  5. Newton must feel like an idiot today for dancing around like he did before the games and practices. There is a God.
    Lets see how this goes. BB wouldn’t put the kid in unless he thought he was ready

  6. This isn’t an astonishing development to anyone who has seen Cam Newton play in recent years. A young, potential franchise QB or an aging veteran who is a shell of his former self… Not a very tough choice.

  7. I think this shows how well Jones has been doing in preseason and in practice and also that Cam is not what he was. Pats are just moving forward.

  8. With Jones as the starter it makes sense to let Newton go. The offense that suits each of them is opposite and you either run a pocket QB offense or you don’t.

  9. Well, writing was no the wall that the Mac&Cheese was going to be the starter soon. He was better than Cam during camp and was continuing to improve.
    Shocker here is that Cam got cut.
    But even though it is a shock, it makes sense. Gives team clarity about the role/there isn’t somebody lurking to take job back on first screw up.
    Cam got his bonus and know is free to sign with whoever they want, which Belichick wanted to do right by Cam as much as he could while still putting the best interest of the team first.

  10. Would really like to know the Paul Harvey – :”The rest of the story” The Pats take anybody anywhere anytime despite their past track record – and if they change to the Patriot way – ok but if not bye bye – What is it about Cam that got him cut. Never did like his demeanor but what really got him cut?

  11. Cole Beasley you on deck!! Talented but no one is trying to forfeit because of your anti vaccine stance!

  12. The guy is not vaccinated; they will never say but that’s the reason. He only makes 1,5 million per year so BB did not cut him to help the salary cap. He wanted to protect the QB room from having a covid+ player that would make all the QB non available for 1 game. He is a veteran so no waiver; he can go anywhere and will be cheap. But he won’t go anywhere if still unvaccinated. Who would take the risk of infecting the QB room and losing his QB starter for a game and therefore losing the game

  13. Spieldope didn’t want to give a 6th up for Minshew but he’s probably already called Cam

  14. Its simple CAM could not beat out the kid.. Mac vs Tua .. here we go..

    and when you are not VAXed you are a liability..

  15. I guess New England didn’t want to have to give up a draft pick to entice a team to take him off their hands.

  16. So many people align the decision with Cam being unvaccinated. Everything I have watched throughout TC and the preseason showed that Mac Jones will give the team the best chances of winning. The kid put in more work and performed better.

  17. Being a starting QB isn’t as much about being a great athlete as it’s being a great leader. Forgetting that he’s never been a legitimate NFL passer the bigger issue is that he’s never been a leader who put the team first. Wanting to lead a team but not be selfless enough to get the vaccine to protect your guys the staff, etc., during a world pandemic is case in point. He’s never been a leader!

  18. trade him to who? and for what?
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    Oh there are teams eg Texans, maybe Phins & others who’d consider a cheap trade as a contingency, but my point is Cam wouldn’t accept being a backup, so cutting is fairer.

  19. I’m betting Cam said something to the effect of, “If I’m not starting, then cut me.” to BB and he did just that.

  20. Never understood the love affair with Newton. In 11 years he has had three winning seasons. Great athlete but never learned to play the QB position at this level. Back up material from here on out. Would fit in good as Dak’s back up.

  21. I get a kick out of how many on here make it about the vaccine instead of his play. Newton never was a fit in NE. Can you actually see Bill B looking at his dancing QB in practice and think yea he’s my guy. Cautionary warning to players who are going to play the way they play. Ten years later he will be out of football. He had maybe 4 good years. Not much of a career if you think about it.

  22. In 2003, The Patriots cut Lawyer Milloy right before the season started. He went to the Bills and the Bills beat NE the first game of the season 31-0. The Patriots beat the Bills the last game of the season 31-0 on way to a SB win.

    Point being, it will be a while before this move can be properly evaluated.

  23. Considering that the Pats were the only team to give Cam a sniff last year and i think that was for $1 mill/1 yr. Do you think the market suddenly improved after how bad he was last year?

    Who do you think he is Joe Flacco? Still can’t believe the Eagles tripled his salary with no competition and now he’s the 3rd best QB on the roster.

  24. “astonishing development” Really? When will PFT figure out Cam version 2016 is a long way in the rear view mirror from Cam 2021

  25. I’m kind of thinking he couldn’t handle being a backup, cried, so they cut him. Now he’ll be looking for a way to make a statement. As in finding a way to stay relevant, without being in the NFL. I bet he wishes he would’ve dove on that fumble now.

  26. He was truly a great player, which made watching him last year somewhat sad. Reminded me of an old pitcher with a sore arm, dropping his arm angle and throwing junk. I hope he can rehab his shoulder to the point where he can enjoy life.

  27. Cam was terrible last year, and has regressed steadily since 2016. He was nothing more than a place holder until BB found an NFL caliber QB. Im sure many on here will make it a vaccinated/not vaccinated issue, but its not.

  28. Canadapacker says:
    August 31, 2021 at 11:31 am
    Would really like to know the Paul Harvey – :”The rest of the story” The Pats take anybody anywhere anytime despite their past track record – and if they change to the Patriot way – ok but if not bye bye – What is it about Cam that got him cut. Never did like his demeanor but what really got him cut?

    What really got him cut was that he is not a very good QB anymore. Apparently you didn’t watch the Patriots at all last year. And camp this year did Cam no favors either. He was clearly outplayed by Mac Jones.

  29. MortimerInMiami says:
    August 31, 2021 at 11:20 am
    Very simply BB does not put up with Divas, especially unvaccinated ones.

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    Nonsense. Belichick has the utmost respect for Newton.

  30. MortimerInMiami says:
    August 31, 2021 at 11:20 am
    Very simply BB does not put up with Divas, especially unvaccinated ones.

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    Simply not true.

  31. NE will probably do well in 2021…

    Not because they are a great team… they arent…

    It’s because their schedule is unbelievably easy.

  32. touchback6 says:
    August 31, 2021 at 11:24 am
    “Cam will be the starter.” – NHPats

    bWahahah
    abwahahaha

    Just like when all BB had was Stidham and Hoyer in 2020, Newton would have pushed Stid in camp. Oh wait, there was a pandemic, there was no camp. Bad luck.

    Enter Mac Jones with a similar skill set and a camp.

    Just like I said. Now, BB has 2 prospects at qb while the 49ers mortgaged their future for a project from Div 2.

    It can’t be made up. It just can’t.

    The joy of knowing the haters time is over. Pats will be 3-0 when Diva Brady comes to town and they’re coming for old man Brady. Oh, they’re coming.

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    I recognize your narrative and tone from the old BDC forums. Stop it.
    BB would have gone with Cam if a once in a generation talent hadn’t fallen in their laps and come in and done something no other QB did in year 1- understand the offense and operate it efficiently. Cam didn’t lose the job, Mac won it. They were respectful enough to Cam to let him go and choose his own path. And if you think TB12 is old and a diva, you aren’t even a Patriots fan. You sound just like the Max Kellermans and Rob Parkers of the world now. Go cackle to yourself in the corner where the grownups can’t hear you.

    On another note, I love the decision. I texted my son during the Giants game that Cam looked like the #2 and Mac looked like the starter. Didn’t think it would happen though.

  33. BB told Cam that Mac Jones had earned the right to start, but that they wanted Cam to stay on as the backup. Cam said no, I want to try find a place where I can start, so release me. So they did.

  34. If Every CEO were a Belichick we’d have a huge trade surplus, assuming a few of our politicians were equally intelligent.

  35. I think it will come out that Cam had no interest in a back up role which is what they were going to ask him to do. He could have just become a distraction and hampered Macs progress. Not being vaxxed and having already violated NFL COVID – 19 protacoles he is a risk to the entire QB squad. The risk/reward of keeping him around was just not worth it to which I believe is the reason he was cut.

  36. theconfluence says:
    August 31, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    BB told Cam that Mac Jones had earned the right to start, but that they wanted Cam to stay on as the backup. Cam said no, I want to try find a place where I can start, so release me. So they did.

    ==========

    Bingo. Respect on both sides.

  37. sadly well there really were no willing trade partners out there as also the draft no longer goes to eight rounds …. lets see who goes down during the season n then the superman cape may astound

  38. Cam was never going to be a backup, it was either he starts or you cut him plain and simple. Mac was going to be the starter the moment he was drafted, it’s sink or swim now. Belicheck has to prove he can win without Brady because Brady’s proven he can win without him.

  39. touchback6 says:
    August 31, 2021 at 11:24 am
    “Cam will be the starter.” – NHPats

    bWahahah
    abwahahaha

    Just like when all BB had was Stidham and Hoyer in 2020, Newton would have pushed Stid in camp. Oh wait, there was a pandemic, there was no camp. Bad luck.

    Enter Mac Jones with a similar skill set and a camp.

    Just like I said. Now, BB has 2 prospects at qb while the 49ers mortgaged their future for a project from Div 2.

    It can’t be made up. It just can’t.

    The joy of knowing the haters time is over. Pats will be 3-0 when Diva Brady comes to town and they’re coming for old man Brady. Oh, they’re coming.
    ———————————————————————————————-

    I’ve been cheering for the Patriots ever since their 1985 SB loss to “Da Bears!”.
    And one of the things I’ve learned is not to simply toss statements around. What makes Jarrett Stidham a prospect? From the day he was drafted I couldn’t find anything anywhere that suggested he was more that an average College Quarterback.
    I never saw him play college ball, but I have seen College highlights
    and none of the video suggested he had NFL potential.
    And nothing I read in draft reports or from College fans, observers or his former or present day coaches suggested he was a prospect with the talent to succeed.
    And nothing in a regular season game since he was drafted left me
    feeling he would make it as an NFL QB. And with good reason. And I still feel this way. At this point, to me, he’s just another ‘not good enough’ middle to late round QB who NE drafted in the last 10 years, (with the exception of Jimmy G and Brisset).

  40. If Every CEO were a Belichick we’d have a huge trade surplus, assuming a few of our politicians were equally intelligent.

    Actually that would be more CEO’S under investigation for insider trading and avoided by the media because of their immature attitude. Politicians with intelligence….they use…is an oxymoron.

  41. Are compensatory picks at play here? Not sure exactly how they work but I wonder if that’s the reason he was cut instead of traded.

  42. 1dayatatime says:
    August 31, 2021 at 2:30 pm
    touchback6 says:
    August 31, 2021 at 11:24 am
    “Cam will be the starter.” – NHPats

    bWahahah
    abwahahaha

    Just like when all BB had was Stidham and Hoyer in 2020, Newton would have pushed Stid in camp. Oh wait, there was a pandemic, there was no camp. Bad luck.

    Enter Mac Jones with a similar skill set and a camp.

    Just like I said. Now, BB has 2 prospects at qb while the 49ers mortgaged their future for a project from Div 2.

    It can’t be made up. It just can’t.

    The joy of knowing the haters time is over. Pats will be 3-0 when Diva Brady comes to town and they’re coming for old man Brady. Oh, they’re coming.
    ———————————————————————————————-

    I’ve been cheering for the Patriots ever since their 1985 SB loss to “Da Bears!”.
    And one of the things I’ve learned is not to simply toss statements around. What makes Jarrett Stidham a prospect? From the day he was drafted I couldn’t find anything anywhere that suggested he was more that an average College Quarterback.
    I never saw him play college ball, but I have seen College highlights
    and none of the video suggested he had NFL potential.
    And nothing I read in draft reports or from College fans, observers or his former or present day coaches suggested he was a prospect with the talent to succeed.
    And nothing in a regular season game since he was drafted left me
    feeling he would make it as an NFL QB. And with good reason. And I still feel this way. At this point, to me, he’s just another ‘not good enough’ middle to late round QB who NE drafted in the last 10 years, (with the exception of Jimmy G and Brisset).

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    Facts:

    1. In 2015, 5 star recruit Stidham had the #5 Baylor Bears in contention.
    2. Stidham had to transfer to a worse system to Auburn. Read up.
    3. Stidham’s draft stock fell.
    4. Jim Nagy, a former NE scout who runs the Senior Bowl, recommended Stidham to BB like he did Wilson to Carroll in 2012.

    BB disagrees with you. He kept Stidham as the lone back up in ‘19 and didn’t draft a qb in 2020. Not hard to see the writing there.

    Just because a pandemic hit stunting Stid’s growth, doesn’t mean he isn’t a good prospect.

    I welcome him back in November and we’ll see if they cut Hoyer then or keep him on board until 2022.

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