Last Updated on March 12, 2021
In somewhat of a surprise move, the New England Patriots have re-signed quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year deal. Jim McBride from the Boston Globe broke the news early Friday morning.
— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) March 12, 2021
Does this mean the Patriots will not draft a quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft? Pundits say this does not change the Patriots’ need for a long-term quarterback, so Newton seems to be a stop-gap for another season. How did this affect the Patriots’ Super Bowl odds? Let’s take a look.
Patriots Sign Cam Newton to One-Year Deal for $14M
While the decision to sign Cam Newton again was not entirely expected, there was certainly a possibility that Bill Belichick and the Patriots would bring the former NFL MVP back. But for $14M, that part is a tad shocking. ESPN’s Adam Schefter updated the compensation, showing just how much Newton is expected to make as a Patriot in 2021.
Comp update: Patriots are finalizing a 1-year deal worth close to $14 million for Cam Newton to return to New England, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2021
That number means one thing, Newton is in the driver’s seat to be the Patriots’ starting quarterback for the 2021 NFL season.
Patriots Super Bowl Odds sit at 40:1
After the announcement of Newton’s signing, there was not any significant movement in the Super Bowl odds for New England. At DraftKings Sportsbook, they remain at +4000 to win the Super Bowl, the same as the odds before the Newton signing. Do the legal sportsbooks not believe in Newton’s ability to make a difference?
Unlikely, as Newton was the Patriots’ quarterback last season as they struggled to move the football. Was that entirely Newton’s fault? Certainly not, as the Patriots had a slew of players opt out and a relatively poor roster, compared to previous Patriots’ seasons. Here’s a look at some of Newton’s highlights from last year as a Patriot.
With Newton back in the fold in New England for 2021, this means the Patriots will more than likely continue to be a run-heavy offense. In 2020, Newton threw for just 2600 yards and eight passing touchdowns, but ran for 592 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. Are the Patriots looking to be the new Ravens? Time will tell.
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