Cam Newton finally found a home on Sunday with the move to sign a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. He isn’t going to make a lot of money, but he will have the opportunity to earn a starting job and rebuild his NFL career. Now, it appears the Cleveland Browns may have been an option that Newton passed up on.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns had some level of interest in Newton before he chose to sign with the Patriots.
A lot of people had suggested that the Browns could be an intriguing landing spot for Newton. With the struggles that Baker Mayfield had last season, bringing in a quality backup like Newton would have made sense.
Just a few short years ago, Newton was one of the most feared quarterbacks in the game. No one wanted to face off again him due to his ability to make plays on the ground or through the air. A couple of injuries later and Newton had to work hard to find a contract.
Newton played in just two games last season before going out with injury. Back in 2018, however, Newton completed a sizzling 67.9 percent of his pass attempts for 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He also racked up 488 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
If the Browns had signed Newton, he would have come in and pushed Mayfield. Instead, he is expected to head in and win the Patriots’ starting job over Jarrett Stidham.
Expect to hear a lot about Cam Newton this season as he looks to resurrect his NFL career. If he stays healthy, he could end up being the biggest steal of the offseason. New England could once again be a contender even without Tom Brady.