Just a few days after their first large staff move in the off-season – Recovery of the offensive duel against Trent Brown about trading from the Las Vegas Raiders – the New England Patriots Made Their Second: The team re-signed starting quarterback Cam Newton on a $ 5 million one-year, incentive-heavy contract to keep him from hitting an unrestricted free agency next week.
It remains to be seen how Newton fits into the picture this season and what additional steps will be taken at the position. However, it’s no secret that the team will remain vigilant and add talent to a quarterback room that is currently also made up of Jarrett Stidham and Jake Dolegala. What will this talent look like? That’s the big question, but New England is exploring every possible route.
One of the apparently involved San Francisco 49ers Starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. According to Evan Lazar from CLNS MediaThe Patriots “kicked the tires” on their previous draft pick on lap two before finally bringing Newton back to his knees.
A move never came about, however, as 49ers continued to say that Garoppolo would not be available through retailers. While things can change quickly in the NFL this time of year, the Patriots moved in a different direction to bring Newton back to his knees.
Of course, New England, which is inquiring about Garoppolo’s availability and re-signing its 2020 starting quarterback, doesn’t necessarily have to be connected. The Patriots will use their diligence on numerous players to get a feel for the market, and San Francisco’s QB, despite its ties to the organization, was likely no exception.
At this point, and even if Newton stays in position, New England is very strong in the quarterback market – whether or not Garoppolo is part of it as well.