Patriots owner Robert Kraft is still shocked at how available Cam Newton has been to sign for as long as he has been.
Patriots Quarterback Cam Newton’s Early Hits with his new franchise made fans forget about his baffling free agency saga, during which he didn’t receive the slightest interest from an NFL team for nearly three months.
The excuse Newton was making foot and shoulder surgeries was understandable at first, but anyone with a social media account (he regularly posted wild workout videos) knew how healthy and motivated he looked after rehab.
Newton’s lack of a deal ultimately led to him signing a team-friendly contract with the Patriots, prompting haters to complain to the rest of the NFL for allowing them to sign a former MVP within months. only after losing franchise legend Tom Brady to free agency.
It’s just absurd how the quarterback situation has played out for the Patriots, and owner Robert Kraft is always racing her mind how Newton landed right in their six-time champion rounds.
“I’m telling you, I can’t understand how he’s been on the market for 86 days,” Kraft said during an interview on CBS’ Sunday pregame show. “Sometimes when you meet people who are the league’s first picks, they’re not always the team-favorite type. And he really is. Our whole locker room feels it.
We don’t always agree with Kraft, but he hit the nail on the head here. The fact that Newton went nearly 90 days on the open market without getting so much as a phone call from a team inviting him to a practice session is laughable considering he made it clear via terrifying Instagram videos that he was in amazing shape and in the right free space.
Newton has led the Patriots to a 2-1 record so far, and he could easily be undefeated if Seattle hadn’t stuffed him on the goal line in the final regulation play of Week 2. In three starts, he completes 68.1% of his passes. (62 of 91) for 714 yards with two touchdowns and interceptions apiece.
He was just as (if not more) effective on the ground, rushing 35 for 149 yards (4.3 ypc) and a league-leading four touchdowns. In fact, Newton passed Randall Cunningham on Sunday for move to the only second place position on the all-time list for rushing yards by a quarterback. He now trails Michael Vick by 1,154 yards for the No. 1 spot.
We’re about to run out of words to describe how perfectly Newton fits in with head coach Bill Belichick and the button-up culture of the Patriots. The rest of the NFL should be kicking their ass for giving the league’s winningest franchise a clear path to signing a stallion in Newton who looks as fresh and polished as ever under center.