It depends who you ask but the New England Patriots are in the market for a quarterback and interestingly enough, there happens to be a Super Bowl MVP still waiting to be signed.
Head coach Bill Belichick has said that he’s confident with the capabilities of second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham but, despite having three other backups, the Pats are still in need of a more seasoned signal caller.
Former Patriot Rodney Harrison said on NBC Sports’ “The Rich Eisen Show” Wednesday that Cam Newton could be just what Belichick needed in a post-Brady era.
“I thought that would have been a really, really ideal situation for him. He could have came in, competed. Could have helped the young guy, the young guy could have helped to push him. I thought it would have been a perfect situation,” Harrison said according to Yahoo Sports.
“I’m just a little disappointed that the Patriots weren’t a little bit more aggressive, you know, just recruiting Cam.”
Harrison continued that Newton would have to come in “at a reduced salary” considering the Patriots limited salary cap space.
Newton became the face of the Carolina Panthers when the team drafted him No. 1 overall back in 2011. He then led Carolina to three straight NFC South titles, from 2013-15, and a Super Bowl appearance during the 2015 season.
Newton missed 16 regular-season games over the last two years due to a foot injury that required a procedure. He also underwent multiple shoulder surgeries in his career.
Harrison pointed to the current situation created by the global pandemic as a major factor limiting Newton from being signed.
“… nobody knows what’s going on with Cam as far as, can you depend on him with his health … and at this point in time you can’t invest a lot of money because he’s been so beat up,” he said.
“I think the best thing for him to do is go into a situation, maybe go become a backup quarterback, learn, get healthy, and then if he gets his opportunity, go out there and shine. But I don’t think he’s going to be a starting quarterback this year in the National Football League.”
By Paulina Dedaj