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The Case for Cam to be back with the Pats

It's no secret the New England Patriots are in the market for a quarterback.

Bill Belichick and company have the salary cap flexibility to upgrade the wide receiver and tight end positions, but are talented free agents such as Hunter Henry and Chris Godwin going to want to come to Foxboro if the quarterback position isn't addressed quickly and efficiently?

That's a resounding no.

And maybe that's why the Patriots should just swallow their pride and bring Cam Newton back on a cheap 1 or 2-year deal.

Hear me out on this one before you fire the muskets at me.

Newton recently opened up about his first year in New England, in which the Patriots finished 7-9. He said he's open to returning.

I'm certainly open to it too.

It's no accident that Newton was the 2015 NFL MVP on a Carolina Panthers team that went 15-1 and played in a Super Bowl.

It's no accident that he's an exceptional talent with a strong arm and an ability to be mobile in the pocket and to escape when his receivers aren't open.

You also have to remember the Patriots have one of the most complicated playbooks in the NFL, and because Newton was signed so late last offseason and that training camps weren't the same due to Covid-19 protocols, Newton had little time to get a grasp of the offense.

The Patriots won two of their first three games, and Newton looked efficient. They were one yard away from being 3-0.

Then, Newton tested positive for Covid-19 prior to Week 4. He wasn't the same after that. It didn't help that safety valve Julian Edelman suffered a season-ending knee injury, leaving the already-thin receiving corps bare. Who knows what happens if Newton doesn't test positive and plays in that Week 4 game in Kansas City?

We should also remember the Patriots had more Covid opt-outs than any team in the league, a crew which included Patrick Chung, Dont'a Hightower and Marquise Lee. The returns of Chung and Hightower will aid the still-talented defense, and Lee has said he wants to be in New England.

Give Newton another short deal, perhaps draft a quarterback such as Mac Jones in the first or second round, and upgrade the skill positions in free agency, and maybe the Patriots can return to the top of the AFC East.

The defense is still capable of being great. Sony Michel and Damien Harris can be a legitimate backfield duo. Jakobi Myers showed flashes last year, and can be better with a healthy Edelman and other talented receivers around him.

It may not be what Patriots Nation wants in the long term, but Newton deserves another chance.

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