Report: Browns had talks with Cam Newton before Patriots signing
It seemed like someone was going to eventually sign Newton, and it was the Patriots who ultimately made the move to bring him in after losing Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.
However, Bill Belichick and company weren’t the only ones that discussed the possibility of signing Newton.
It appears that the Browns were also in the mix, even if the talks between Newton and Cleveland didn’t get all that far.
Here’s what Schefter had to say about the Browns’ interest:
“The truth of the matter is that Cam Newton did not have any other offers from any other teams. The Cleveland Browns did speak to Cam Newton at one point in time, but those talks never really went anywhere.”
The move is one that certainly made sense for the Patriots after losing a player like Brady, but it wouldn’t have made as much sense for the Browns.
While Baker Mayfield has struggled with consistency, Cleveland is still investing a lot in him as the future of the franchise. It’s also worth noting that the Browns added Case Keenum to the roster, giving them a quality backup that has starting experience in the NFL.
Of course, Newton at his best would be able to challenge both of those players, but there are plenty of unknowns as to how he’ll produce on the field due to recent injuries.
Either way, the Browns are set to move forward with Mayfield, and the Patriots are set to give Newton a shot at their starting job.