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Odds Are Heavily Against Cam Newton Being Patriots’ Starting Quarterback in 2021

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NFL Football

Updated Nov 5, 2020 · 12:50 PM PST

Odds are -450 the Cam Newton won't be back as quarterback of the New England Patriots for the 2021 NFL season. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
  •  Will Cam Newton be the quarterback of the New England Patriots for the 2021 NFL season?
  • Bookmakers are favoring no as the answer to that question at overwhelming odds of -450
  • New England signed the 2015 NFL MVP to a one-year, $1.05-million contract in the offseason

Football people were viewing Cam Newton as a steal when the New England Patriots signed him in the offseason. Today, as the Patriots are stumbling along at 2-5, the veteran QB is being seen as the scapegoat for the failures of the team.

The future looks bleak for the Pats and currently, so does Newton’s future with the team.

Currently, a prop wager on whether Newton will be back in New England next season is making no the -450 odds-on favorite. The chance that Newton will be returning to the Pats for the 2021 NFL season is being offered at a betting line of +275

Odds Cam Newton will be Starting QB for Patriots in 2021

Outcome Odds
No -450
Yes +275

Odds taken Nov. 5

The 2015 NFL MVP, Newton was signed to a one-year contract in the offseason.

Newton’s Stock Falling

Inking him at a base salary of just $1.05 million, Newton was looking like a bargain. When he led the Patriots to a 2-1 mark to open the season, Newton as NFL comeback player of the year buzz began to build.

Then it all went completely off the rails. Newton tested positive for COVID-19 and missed a game. Upon his return, he was picked off twice during an 18-12 loss to the Denver Broncos.

The following week saw Newton throwing three more interceptions as New England was absorbing a 33-6 drubbing from the San Francisco 49ers. Suffering the worst home loss of Bill Belichick’s career as Pats’ head coach, Belichick benched Newton in favor of Jarrett Stidham.

Last week was a must-win game for the Pats against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo won 24-21. Newton fumbled at the Buffalo 13 with 31 seconds to play in the fourth quarter, bringing a halt to what could’ve been a game-winning drive.

Veteran Possibilities

Should the Pats opt to be moving on from Newton, there will be some veteran QBs looking for new homes next season.

On top of that list could be Dak Prescott is he isn’t franchised by the Dallas Cowboys. However, will a team be willing to lock Prescott in long-term at a big number coming off the horrific season-ending leg injury he suffered?

Perhaps the Patriots will look for a reunion with former New England QBs Jacoby Brissett or Jimmy Garoppolo. Both figure to be on the market.

Sam Darnold could prove an intriguing option if the New York Jets decided to move on from their 2018 first-round draft pick. Other possibilities include Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky or Washington’s Dwyane Haskins.

Draft Options

If New England thought Stidham was the long-term answer, the Pats wouldn’t have signed Newton. That means they are likely to be seeking out a QB of the future via the 2021 NFL Draft.

The problem is, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields will be long gone when it comes time for New England to draft.

It’s even unlikely they’ll get a crack at North Dakota State’s Trey Lance. That could leave the Pats to chose from among the likes of Brigham Young’s Zach Wilson, Alabama’s Mac Jones, or Florida’s Kyle Trask.

Then again, maybe New England waits until later in the draft. The Patriots haven’t been this bad since 2000. They went 5-11 that season. They also drafted a QB at 199th overall that year.

A fellow by the name of Tom Brady.

Know this, though: whoever is New England’s QB next season, it won’t be Newton.

Pick: No (-450)

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