Former Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe thinks the team will sign Cam Newton to a long-term deal.
Despite a lackluster performance in the team’s 36-20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, Cam Newton has been an absolute revelation for the New England Patriots through his first three starts in taking over following the Tom Brady era.
In fact, his leadership, dedication and play on the field has had many wondering when he’ll be rewarded with a real contract, since his one-year deal that guarantees him just $550K (but has a maximum value of $7.5 million) is a vast underpayment.
Count former Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe in as a member of that crowd, but he took it as far to say that he thinks the two sides will work out a long-term deal before the 2020 season ends.
"“It sure seems like it,” Bledsoe said when asked if a long-term deal is likely. “I know that Belichick has been effusive in his praise of Cam, and Cam, it was crazy that he was on the street as long as he was. I think [maybe] people were concerned that he just wasn’t healthy yet, but I know he’s thankful the Patriots gave him that shot. I think there’s some mutual admiration there. I could actually see them signing him up to a longer-term deal before the season [ends].”"
Quite frankly, the writing is on the wall. The Patriots need a quarterback to stay in contention for the next few years and the manner in which Newton has introduced himself to this unfamiliar situation and complex system has been impressive to every football fan. Most people hate respecting anything about the Pats, but Cam’s work has been astute.
Across three games, Newton has 714 passing yards, 149 rushing yards, six total touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s 2-1 and just one yard away from being 3-0. He’s already proven to have a stranglehold on the playbook, established relationships with everybody up and down the roster, and shown he’s capable of tremendous things when he’s fully healthy.
If former Patriots players who have worked in this organization under Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick feels that this is a possibility, then it’s time to get your hopes up, Patriots fans.