Then-starter Cam Newton may have been a surprise cut from the New England Patriots. But that hasn’t led to a hot open market for the veteran quarterback, according to the latest update from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.
“It’s been very quiet over the last nine days since the Patriots cut him,” Florio said before Thursday’s Opening Night contest (via NESN’s Zack Cox). “He wants to play. He knows that this is essentially his last chance. One coach I spoke to said he’s either at or near the end already. He won’t be a backup quarterback — very few franchise quarterbacks ever want to accept understudy duty late in their career.”
Nothing from Florio’s update is relatively surprising. Newton was a late addition to the Patriots during the 2020 offseason, and his 2020 wasn’t exactly inspiring, with just eight passing touchdowns and 177.1 passing yards per game (both were career-worsts for a healthy Newton), and a 7-8 record as New England’s starter.
Those unsightly numbers, along with everybody else already having set their quarterback groupings to start the 2021 season with the three-game preseason in the rearview, obviously spell out a limited market.
The one update that does go against what’s been previously reported, however, is the belief that Newton will not take a backup job in his next stop. That goes against what Shannon Sharpe reported in the aftermath of Newton’s release, saying that sources close to Cam told him Newton would be OK with being a backup in a “good situation.”
But if that doesn’t exist, what’s next for Newton? Well, from what Florio is saying, simply waiting.
“The question is, will there be a major injury?” Florio asked. “Will there be a starting quarterback opening that comes up during the season? Will they call Cam Newton or will they go with one of the quarterbacks they already have on the roster?”
Newton, for what it’s worth, is schedule to drop a video on Friday to “get a lot of things off his chest.” In his teaser video, which was posted to his Instagram, Newton also made it clear that the video is not going to be a retirement video.
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