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Cam Newton has surpassed everyone’s expectations in his first two seasons with the Patriots. Does that mean he and the Patriots might work out a deal to work together beyond this year? Not likely, says Ian Rapoport of NFL Media:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 27, 2020
“My understanding talking to multiple people involved in the situation is adjusting his contract midseason is unlikely,” Rapoport said. “From the Patriots’ standpoint, they’re taking a more wait-and-see approach. It’s only two games plus he has battled injuries in the past. They want to be careful about that. And then, if you’re Cam Newton, wouldn’t it be better to wait until the offseason, potentially get franchise tagged, or even better for him, become a free agent and capitalize what looks like it’ll be a very good season.”
Circumstances could always change if Bill Belichick and Cam Newton do indeed decide that it’s in their mutual best interest to work out a longer deal. Newton had little market this offseason not just because he was coming off injuries and was released late, but there were also so few quarterback-needy teams. We have Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and others entering the league in next year’s draft.
In any event, both New England and Newton would surely sign up for the rest of the season going like it’s started from a performance perspective, and then come what may.