Cam Newton takes giant leap towards signing new team
Former New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is serious about returning to the NFL. Newton, who was unvaccinated when released by the Patriots just before the start of the regular season, has since received the vaccine to help fight COVID-19, per Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Some believe his unvaccinated status played a role in his release, although Patriots head coach Bill Belichick denies this was a factor. Either way, Newton is now apparently clear of any major hurdles that would prevent him from signing with his next NFL team.
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Newton makes sense for several NFL teams
With Week 6 on the horizon, there is still no shortage of potential landing fields for the former NFL MVP thanks to injuries and quarterback uncertainty around the league:
- The Pittsburgh Steelers have a struggling and compromised Ben Roethlisberger.
- The Seattle Seahawks turned to Geno Smith as a replacement after Russell Wilson was placed on the injured list on October 15.
- The Houston Texans have a complicated situation around Deshaun Watson, injured Tyrod Taylor and unproven rookie Davis Mills.
- The Miami Dolphins must have questions about Tua Tagovailoa. During his rookie season and part of the 2021 campaign, he has shown strong signs of landing in the bust category.
These are all scenarios that could create an opening for Newton. While the teams’ level of apprehension regarding Newton’s previous unvaccinated status remains unknown, we know it could not have been positive overall.
Adam Beasley, Pro Football Network NFL insider, reported on the day Newton was cut off by New England that vaccination status was one of the “at least” three reasons for Bill Belichick’s decision to move on thing.
An even bigger potential hurdle for Newton could be the pattern adjustment. To see what Newton has to offer on offense, a team must be prepared to launch an offense suited to what they do best.
In his September 10 YouTube video explaining why he was released by the Patriots, Newton spoke a little about his frustrations with the pre-season approach that didn’t allow him to show his worth.
“All of my preseason game plans are kind of watered down, lethargic, vanilla – my performance, my skills won’t show in any preseason,” Newton said. “There are quarterback runs, design runs, scrambling abilities – and there are times where I felt like I could have scrambled in preseason, but I’m like , man, I’m saving for the season. “
Unfortunately, he never had the opportunity to display the talents he kept.
Could Newton return to the Patriots now that he’s vaccinated?
On September 26, Mass Live’s Chris Mason spoke about Newton’s chances of returning to the Patriots. Mason does not consider this as impossible, but he exposed the circumstances necessary to bring about this reunion.
He was not the starting quarterback and he was unavailable for a critical time and they made the decision that they thought was the best for their football team. I also don’t think it’s impossible for Cam Newton to be back there at one point or another.
From what Belichick sees of the team, from what he sees of the quarterback. Obviously based on all potential injury situations. I think Bill Belichick still thinks a lot about Cam Newton and there’s a lot about Cam Newton that he loves, but they’re going to lead their offense in a different way, with a quarterback with different skills at this stage.
The only way it seems possible is if there’s an injury to Mac Jones that puts him on the sidelines for the remainder of the season. If that happens and the Patriots still have a silver lining in the playoffs, you’ve got to believe Belichick would call Newton. However, there is no other situation where I imagine this to happen.