When the New England Patriots initially signed Cam Newton to a one-year deal ahead of the 2020 NFL season, no one knew exactly what to expect. He was coming off of a serious injury and the Carolina Panthers obviously didn’t see enough to want to keep him around.
However, just two games into his first year with the Patriots, Newton has silenced all of his critics.
Newton has completed 71.4 percent of his pass attempts for 552 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The passing numbers haven’t been crazy, but his production on the ground has. He has picked up 122 yards and two touchdowns with his legs.
At this point in time, the Patriots are 1-1, but are looking like legitimate contenders in the AFC. Newton has helped New England move past the pain of losing Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now, it’s time to ask the question. Should the Patriots move quickly to lock Cam Newton up to a contract extension that would keep him as their starter moving past this season?
Quite simply, the answer is yes. Newton has proven to the Patriots that he is back at full health and can be a big-time winner. He fits in well with Bill Belichick and is the kind of leader that can lead a team to the Super Bowl.
Newton has done it before back in his prime with the Panthers. He was a league MVP and led Carolina to the Super Bowl. They may have lost, but Newton was the main reason that they made it that far.
Getting a two or three-year extension done with Newton in the near future makes a ton of sense. New England isn’t going to get Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields. Newton should be their guy for the foreseeable future.
It will be interesting to see what the Patriots end up deciding to do. Letting Newton play out the 2020 season on his one-year deal and negotiating a new deal after the season could make sense. However, not risking Newton leaving for another team in free agency makes even more sense.
Expect to hear more rumblings about a potential contract extension for Cam Newton continue coming out in the coming days and weeks. It may not happen, but it seems like it would be a wise decision for the Patriots.