Cam Newton arrived in New England for his pre-scheduled medical today. He put pen-to-paper on a $1.1 million deal (up to $6.25 million in added incentives) earlier this week. Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and the rest of the Patriots group are gearing up for life after Tom Brady. Can Cam Newton be the missing piece of the puzzle?
Former Miami Dolphins executive head Mike Tannenbaum is optimistic about Cam Newton’s recent move to New England Patriots. While speaking on ESPN show Get Up, Tannenbaum said “Cam Newton, former number one pick. Former Heisman Trophy winner, for some reason he’s out there in June.
“Even if Stidham started opening day, Cam Newton is going to play a ton this year. The word I would use is, he’s ‘investing’ in his future with Bill Belichick. I think it’s a great move by Cam for the next part of his career.”
Tannenbaum further spoke about Cam being a potential asset for the Patriots this season. Newton, widely regarded as a dual-threat QB, could fill the void at New England which was left after the departure of legendary QB Tom Brady. “Cam Newton’s a great fit with these running backs in New England. I think it’s really smart. Football is a game of chess played on grass. Bill Belichick will take the best pieces he has this year to put them in the best chance to be successful.
“The risk/reward for both sides makes a ton of sense. The AFC East is going to look totally different because New England will be much more difficult to defend with Newton than they would have been with Stidham,” Tannenbaum said.
The former Heisman Trophy winner nursed multiple injuries in the last few years of his tenure with the Panthers. Newton was a free agent since March before he signed a one-year contract with the Patriots last week. Jarett Stidham is predicted to start for the Patriots this year. However, Newton’s athletic prowess could help him challenge Stidham for the starting berth. Can Cam Newton pick up where Tom Brady left off and lead the Patriots to another Super Bowl outing? Watch this space for more.