It appears that the New England Patriots and Quarterback Cam Newton's time together has come to the end of the road, but unlike Boyz II Men, it seems quite natural to replace this:
Now, of course, this news broke hours ago, but my newly formed fantasy league group chat (after a year away from the game) hit the nail right on the head.
Officially, my day didn't start until around 2 P.M., but I've had plenty of time to think about this somewhat shocking transaction while fake-sleeping, trying to avoid the fact I have to go back to P***************** schools next week as I am still not #HireDdozo.
Last year, I wanted the Pats to take a flyer on Cam, I referenced in blogs, and when they did sign him, I was pumped. I was all in on Cam after a decent showing against the Dolphins in Week 1 and coming up a foot short from beating the Seahawks the following week. People forget he was in the MVP discussion 11.76% through the year. I may have even bought his jersey right after week one, but my stance on Cam changed as often as Sabrina Nichole's hair throughout the season.
Coming into the 2021 campaign, the Pats handled the Cam situation exactly how I wanted them to. Now whether or not that is a good thing remains to be seen, but I absolutely love the way they let it play out; they resigned Cam to a super-reasonable one year deal to give it another go (I was in the camp of bringing Cam back because of all the outside factors that played a part in his disappointing season), drafted a QB to compete, held a QB competition, determined a winner and have a direction going forward.
Now, I was like basically everybody else, I knew Mac was the future, but figured the Patriots would start Cam after how well he's performed this preseason with the intention of starting Mac once the time was right. I did not think they're straight up cut Cam Newton, although it makes a lot of sense (the lack of Mac insurance worries me). I definitely believe his unvaccinated status played a factor. It's just another distraction and hurdle that Belichick doesn't want to deal with.
Cam is not a guy who wants to be a backup, he competed well throughout camp, but the COVID-slip up may have ultimately done him in in Foxboro. It looks like the Patriots chose to release him instead of seek a trade partner out of respect (but I wouldn't be shocked if he didn't ask for his outright release). Via: PFT
"Per a league source, the Patriots did not attempt to trade Cam Newton before cutting him.
The move was made out of respect for Newton. If the Patriots had begun calling around in an effort to generate interest, all it would have taken was one person to say one thing to one reporter, and the news that the Patriots are trying to trade Cam would have become the biggest story in all of football."
Cam Newton has not remained silent throughout the process, telling people in his own way to not feel sorry for him and that he'll be fine.
If I were a gambling man (which I am, Too Many Legs is returning for Week 1), I'd say the Washington Football Team (Ron Rivera connection, currently going with Ryan Fitzpatrick), Houston Texans (DeShaun could get locked up any moment) or Dallas Cowboys (Dak insurance) make the most sense for Cam's next stop.
As for the Patriots, I love the message this move sets for the team; the Mac Jones era has officially begun and I cannot wait for this team to shock the league. I'm guaranteeing playoffs, but I'm getting major 2001 vibes with the way this roster was built. The Pats signed like 23 free agents that season to go from 5-11 to 11-5. As coach Belichick says, "it's not about assembling talent, it's about building a team" well, his team officially has one voice leading it and it's the right one. 12-5 here we come.
The moral of the story is just get the fucking shot.