Patriots fans! Are you not happy? The Patriots no longer have to deal with Stidham, widely considered to be among the worst starting quarterbacks in the league heading into the 2020 season, but instead will be lead by former MVP, 3-time Pro Bowler Cam Newton.
The Patriots signed former MVP Cam Newton to a one year, incentive-laden deal! This was a tremendous move that came out of nowhere. Many people thought that if Newton was to sign with a team, it would be the Patriots, but not this late into free agency. Many people thought that Bill Belichick was going all in on Stidham, but it turns out that Belichick won't take the risk on Stidham, at least for this year.
Signing Cam Newton was a tremendous deal for the Patriots. Even though Stidham was great in the preseason, he hasn't made an NFL start in the regular season. Many Patriot fans love Stidham and some think he will be a terrible QB. Even if he won't be a terrible QB, it is obviously the smart move to take Newton over Stidham.
Newton has a high chance of winning Comeback Player of the Year as he is coming off a season in which he played only 2 games due to a Lisfranc fracture. Newton is a former Heisman Trophy Winner in 2010 and MVP back in 2015. Newton is also a 3 time pro bowler, former offensive player of the year, and rookie of the year in 2011. Newton also carried the Carolina Panthers to a Super Bowl 50 appearance in which they lost against the Broncos in Peyton Manning's last game.
Newton raises the Patriots Super Bowl odds from 25-1 to 20-1. The Patriots need much more help on offense as their receiving core is one of the worst in the league, but Newton will definitely help. Newton is one of the more mobile NFL QB's and if healthy, he can easily be a Top 10 QB in the NFL. If Newton returns to his 2015 self, in which he completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, the Patriots can make it far in the playoffs and maybe even win the AFC East. The Patriots defense has gotten slightly worse this offseason and obviously the Pats offense has gotten worse with the departure of Brady, but the Patriots still have Bill Belichick. It will be hard to imagine Belichick coaching Cam Newton but it will happen. Instead of Patriot fans and NFL fans watching Stidham lose games for the Pats, we can at least see a few more wins from a more entertaining QB. From the Patriots having one of the most inexperienced QB's heading into the 2020 NFL season, the Patriots now have a Top 15 quarterback.
In all, this is a win-now move for the Patriots. New England lost a ton of experience when longtime starting quarterback Tom Brady left in free agency a few months ago, and the team has regained some of that with Newton. Newton doesn't make the Patriots the best team in the AFC, but they probably have a better chance to make a surprise run to Super Bowl LV with a healthy Newton than they would with an inexperienced and unproven starter such as Stidham. Stidham will still be on the Patriots roster as a backup for the injury prone Newton. The Patriots will definitely be a better team because of this move and maybe Stidham will be the Patriots QB next year, if Newton leaves in free agency!
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