Chris Simms Recalls His First Thought After Patriots Signed Cam Newton


July 21, 2020

Many were surprised when the Patriots bolstered their quarterback group by adding Cam Newton.

Chris Simms admittedly was for a moment, until he quickly realized New England’s decision to sign the 2015 NFL MVP was vintage Bill Belichick and Co.

Simms on Tuesday was asked by his “ProFootballTalk” co-host Mike Florio to share his first thought after the Newton-to-New England news broke, and the former NFL quarterback explained why his sense of shock was short-lived.

“Shock, but then I was like, ‘Why am I shocked?’ I mean, this is just so New England,” Simms said on NBC Sports. “‘Oh yeah. We’ll just get a guy’ — who I think is one of the 10 best quarterbacks in football — ‘for $1 million and add him to our team.’ It’s just like, they waited everybody out, they thought. I’m sure they did their research, called, talked to all the right people. I mean, knowing New England, I wouldn’t be shocked if they had him followed to really watch him and see what’s going on and see what he looks like in workouts. I wouldn’t be shocked by any of it…”

It truly was a low-risk move by the Patriots with a potential for a high reward, which seemingly will make the rest of the league all the more infuriated if Newton winds up thriving in Foxboro.

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