After months of speculation about Cam Newton signing with the New England Patriots, it finally came to fruition as Newton signed a one year incentive- laden deal that can go up to as much as $7.5m. However, it can only go up to $7.5m if he plays well, otheriwse it is the league minimum of $1.05m. This is a classic Bill Belichick move considering that is a low risk, high reward signing since it is only a one year deal so if Cam winds up getting injured the Patriots aren’t attached to him long-term. On top of that, if Newton doesn’t perform well in training camp or gets injured they can flat out release him and and only have to eat the $1 million. On the flip side, Belichick has a long history of bringing players in that most people believe are done and somehow winds up getting the best out of them. Newton will have to earn the starting QB job to replace Tom Brady since Belichick often says that players will determine their roles based on their performance. New England already has Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer who were already leading on- field workouts this offseason. On top of that, the Patriots have J’Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke on their roster.
I don’t think it is a guarantee that Newton will automatically be named the starter considering that he is coming off foot surgery. It will be an open competition at training camp. Also, while Newton is a mobile QB, I still am concerned about his health and his historical inability of performing well without weapons on his weaker Carolina teams. However, the offense Josh McDaniels will likely run with Cam will be similar to what he ran with Tim Tebow in Denver when they went to the playoffs. It will be very interesting to see how Belichcik usese Newton. For now, Cam Newton goes from Superman and well-liked around the league someone to everyone, except for people in New England, sees as a villian.