Holy shit, it actually happened...Cam Newton is a New England Patriot! I did not believe it at first.
I recently saw a post on instagram showing the Patriots as the betting favorites to land Cam Newton's services as an NFL quarterback. I didn't understand that because I saw another post on instagram showing them (the Pats) as the NFL's most cash strapped franchise with less cap space than Kevin Mench in a size 7 (IYKYK).
Since I like about 900 posts every two hours and do not want to waste valuable time searching my "posts you've liked" tab to include those somewhat unnecessary graphics, here's a tweet proving I've been about this move for a minute (and that I do admit that I'm wrong when I am; I WAS WRONG..I am not the Patriots QB and Cam is!)
After a quick google search it looks like Cam can earn up to 7.5 million bucks on this deal. While I totally get Cam being banged up the last two years hurts his value; it's crazy to me he has to sign a league minimum deal at this point in his career. Meanwhile "up and comer" Taysom Hill and his 19 career pass attempts got 16 million guaranteed. Same with Jameis getting a million bucks. It ain't right!
I'll be the first to admit I have gotten on Cam in the past; most notably after his famous business decision in Super Bowl 50. But I like Cam, I called into WEEI to defend him potentially wanting to grow up hair out like 9 years ago pre-DOL (Mr. Blue Jean Friday didn't want his QB to grow out his hair). I don't get the hieroglyphic IG captions, but who fucking cares? It's fun to make fun of online, but I think the last few months have shown us what is really worth getting worked up about (probably not though).
This is a textbook low risk, high reward. project deal the Patriots have been famous for making the last twenty years. They don't always work out, but when they do it's usually pretty cool.
It could just be the reefer and Bud Light Seltzer's talking, but it seems like it's been an awfully long time since one of these types of moves really paid off. Does Revis count? He didn't really have any 'character" issues that I can remember,
I probably am forgetting someone, but for the sake of argument... people twisted the Patriots lack of road playoff success from 2007-2017 prior to the 2018 AFC Championship game too. It was all about about how it's been a while since the Patriots won a road playoff game (because they have few opportunities since they usually have home field advantage). They hadn't won since the 06 Divisional Round in San Diego (sadly, something no longer possible). Sure, Cam missed almost all of last season and ended 2018 with an 8 game losing streak..this is still Cam Newton. The man is an absolute beast.
For a little while I thought the Patriots might tank to get Trevor Lawrence, but I've watched enough Patriots games and NFL Films footage on youtube to know how competitive Bill Belichick is and how much he respects the history of the game. He hasn't had a losing season since 2000. It's 2020. Tom Landry holds the record for consecutive winning seasons with 20. I know Bill claims he doesn't care about individual awards/stats, but if there was ever one that really embodied what a team is all about it's that one. You really think Belichick is going to get this close and tank?
Cam has been banged up and definitely could not make it through the season, but you know what? You could theoretically slip, hit your hit your head and be die before you finish reading this blog. Life is crazy and bigger than a game. Jarrett Stidham may be the guy, but I saw as hell know Brian Hoyer (no disrespect) is not. When healthy, Cam is a top 10 QB in the NFL. He broke Steve Grogran's single season QB rushing TD record as a rookie AND basically carried Auburn to a Natty in his one season there. The Patriots and their lack of studs and big name super stars (people outside of New England do not love Edelman and James White the way we do) could be the perfect prove it situation for one Cameron Jerrel Newton. I am soooo pumped to run the Dozo System with Cam in Madden 21. Best case the man who is 2-0 vs. Tom Brady gets to 3-0 against the Bucs in the Super Bowl, worst case he's a total bust and it's back to Stidham/a potential tank. To quote myself when offered free bacon on my sandwich yesterday "I'm about it". In Bill We Trust!!!
P.S. I will not allow any lame as pun BS with our new QB.