The Patriots and quarterback Cam Newton expect to part ways after a trying 2020 season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Newton struggled mightily as a passer during his only season in New England, where he started 15 games and hoped to revitalize his career. The Pats ranked among the worst passing offenses in the league with Newton at the helm, though he powered them to becoming of the NFL’s most potent rushing attacks. The Patriots averaged 19.9 points per game this season entering Sunday’s season finale against the Jets.
“Cam Newton sounded resigned this week to the fact that he’ll be moving on from New England,” Schefter said Sunday.” “It looks like he’s looking for something different, the Patriots are looking for something different.
“Both sides enjoyed their relationship, but both sides expect that it will take them to a different place and a different direction in 2021 with Cam Newton likely moving on, and the Patriots in search of a new quarterback for next season. We’ll see what direction they decide to go.”
Last week, Newton said his chief regret was that he didn’t have more time in New England. He signed a one-year contract for the veteran minimum last June, and during the season, repeatedly referenced an ongoing learning curve with the team’s playbook. He entered Week 17 ranked 32nd in the league in passing yards per game, passer rating and interception rate.
Backup Jarrett Stidham is the only Patriots quarterback under contract for the 2021 season.