As free agent Cam Newton continues to search for a home in the NFL, at least one ex-Patriot believes the veteran quarterback would fit in well in New England.
Former safety Rodney Harrison told “The Rich Eisen Show” earlier this week that he thought Newton, 31, would learn a lot on a consistently successful team like the Pats.
“I thought it would be a great situation where he could have came in at a reduced salary,” Harrison said. “He could have came in and really learned a lot about just technique and just the intricacies of being on a really great football team with great guidance as far as the head coach and offensive coordinator. I thought that would have been a really, really ideal situation for him. He could have came in, competed. Could have helped the young guy (Jarrett Stidham,) and could have helped to push him. I thought it would have been a perfect situation. I’m just a little disappointed that the Patriots weren’t a little bit more aggressive just recruiting Cam.”
Harrison disputes the notion that Newton and Bill Belichick would be an oil-and-water fit.
“I don’t think Cam would’ve came in and been a problem,” Harrison said.
Newton, who played his first nine NFL seasons with the Panthers before they released him, missed the last 14 games of the 2019 season with a foot injury. The belief is that teams are waiting to give Newton a physical once facilities reopen and the coronavirus pandemic restrictions are lifted.
The three-time Pro Bowl QB is likely searching for team where he can compete for the starting job immediately. With Tom Brady out of the picture, Newton would be able to compete with Stidham and Brian Hoyer if given the opportunity by New England.
However, the longer that Newton remains a free agent, the more his injury questions linger.
“Because nobody knows. … Nobody knows what’s going on with Cam as far as, can you depend on him with his health … and at this point in time you can’t invest a lot of money because he’s been so beat up,” Harrison said. “I think the best thing for him to do is go into a situation, maybe go become a backup quarterback, learn, get healthy, and then if he gets his opportunity, go out there and shine. But I don’t think he’s going to be a starting quarterback this year in the National Football League.”