New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 13: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots talks with head coach Bill Belichick before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

By Alex Barth,

As the Patriots’ season comes to an end Sunday against the Jets, so will the Cam Newton era in New England. Appearing on ESPN NFL Countdown Sunday morning, Adam Schefter reported both Newton and the Patriots are ready to move on in 2021.

“Both sides enjoyed their relationship, but both sides expect that it will take them to a different place and a different direction in 2021, with Cam Newton likely moving on and the Patriots in search of a new quarterback for next season,” Schefter stated.

During his press conference on Thursday, Newton made it sound as though he knew his time in New England was up. On Friday, Belichick wasn’t ready to discuss Newton’s potential future with the team.

Schefter’s report may have also indirectly hinted at Stidham’s future as well. Adding that “the Patriots [will be] in search of a new quarterback for next season,” implies that the job is currently wide open, as expected. Stidham will have to at least compete for that role. Given his lack of playing time in 2020, that’s not much of a surprise.

In a quarterback-heavy draft, the Patriots are currently slated to pick 14, but could potentially move into the top 10 depending on the results of Week 17.

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