After missing the NFL playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season, the New England Patriots made a surprising move when re-signing quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year, $14 million deal. Newton, who led the Patriots to a 7-9 record last season, has witnessed decline in his play since requiring shoulder surgery in January of 2019.
During a press conference, Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered defense cases for both Newton and outgoing sophomore Jarrett Stidham.
“We have a situation where at this point in time we’re trying to do what the best thing for us is,” Kraft said. “I’m not sure Cam [Newton] had proper weapons around him. I’m also not sure Jarrett [Stidham] hasn’t really gotten a fair shot.”
“One way or another have to get that position solidified.” Kraft said.
If the Patriots are to address their need at the quarterback position, it could very well come in April’s Draft. New England has been linked to both Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance in recent NFL mock drafts. The team possesses the 15th overall selection in the 2021 Draft.
At their current position, it’s unlikely that the Patriots will get their desired quarterback prospect. The team remains uninterested at this time in any trades for veteran talents. The team was recently linked to a reunion with current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.