Since his surprising release, there has been much speculation that Cam Newton could sign with the New England Patriots. There have been multiple reports that have diffused those rumors. However, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Newton and New England talked early in free agency.

Early in free agency, Newton was released by the Carolina Panthers after nine seasons with the organization. The All-Pro quarterback hasn't received much interest from teams and he's discovering that it will be tough to garner a starting gig for next season.

With that being said, Fowler revealed that the Patriots had conversations with Newton. Seeing that he remains unsigned, nothing materialized in the preliminary talks from both sides.

Also, Newton is recovering from a foot injury that he underwent surgery on earlier this offseason. Due to the coronavirus pandemic preventing him from being able to conduct a proper physical, teams are cautious in signing him.

On the other hand, the Patriots are entering a new era in their franchise following the departure of Tom Brady. As a result, some media pundits and fans alike believed that New England could be an ideal landing spot for Newton.

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There's no doubt that Newton would be an upgrade over what the Patriots currently have. Nevertheless, New England appears to be confident in Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

Given the state of their current quarterback situation, New England could've signed one of the veterans in free agency. Or they could have selected one of the rookie quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft. While neither side could agree to terms earlier this offseason, maybe the Patriots and Newton can negotiate a deal in the future.