That might not be the case in the Patriots’ locker room, however.
New England reportedly is set to re-sign Newton on a one-year deal for the 2021 NFL campaign. Newton encountered plenty of struggles over the course of this past season, but the veteran signal-caller wasn’t exactly set up to succeed in 2020.
One Patriots player, according to NFL Network’s Michael Giardi, has high hopes for Newton this time around, as the 31-year-old has a season in Foxboro under his belt and will have a more “normal” preseason and training camp this spring and summer. Newton’s return to New England reportedly drew positive reactions from other Patriots players, as well.
“Have touched based with a handful of #Patriots players this morning,” Giardi tweeted Friday. “They’re excited for Cam Newton’s return. Said one, ‘he gets a fair chance this time.’ Full offseason. Knows the playbook. Will know the personnel better.”