Patriots’ Bill Belichick speaks out on the Cam Newton signing for first time
Bill Belichick is notorious for keeping mum on anything that has to do with the New England Patriots. He has done the same with the signing of Cam Newton. However, a month after signing him, Belichick spoke out on the Patriots signing Newton for the first time.
“Things worked out,” Belichick said on a conference call. “We spent quite a bit of time with Cam, and he spent quite a bit of time with us. I think it was a mutual interest. We [spoke to] quite a . . . number of different people and had a number of different conversations just trying to see how the fit would be. It was very positive on our end, and I’m glad it worked out.”
Throughout the offseason, it appeared that New England was going to give Jarrett Stidham a clear shot to replace Tom Brady. But with Newton making his way to free agency, the Patriots did their due diligence on the former NFL MVP.
After months of waiting, Newton finally signed a one-year deal with the Patriots for the 2020 season. Even though he’s assumed to be the starter, Belichick admits that he’ll have to earn the starting job.
“That spot’s the same as all the other spots on the team,” Belichick said. “We’ve got a long way to go, and we’ll see how things turn out. I can’t control how players perform. That’s up to them. We’ll give everybody an opportunity and see what happens.”
Seeing that he’s missed 16 games in the last two seasons, Newton will need to prove that he can remain healthy. If he’s able to avoid the injury bug this season, the duo of Newton and Belichick could wreak havoc in the AFC for the Patriots.