Why Mike Lombardi continues to not rule out Cam Newton signing with Patriots

Ryan Hannable
May 14, 2020 - 3:45 pm

It's a narrative that Mike Lombardi continues to push.

The former Patriots executive has said on a number of platforms in recent weeks that he wouldn't rule out Cam Newton signing with the Patriots.

But, the organization seems like it's planning on moving forward with second-year player Jarrett Stidham, so why does Lombardi keep pushing this story?

He appeared on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Thursday to explain.

“I think the fact is nobody knows where Cam is medically," he said. "I think if there has been one player hurt by the coronavirus in terms of being able to get in front of people — to be able to take a comprehensive physical not only on his shoulder, but on his foot to really understand where he is medically — it’s been Cam Newton. If you just understand Coach Belichick … he loves to play the market like Warren Buffett does, ‘I am going to buy low and sell high.’ This is a blue-chip, MVP player who is out there at a position that there is a degree of uncertainty.

"I am not saying they don’t like Jarrett Stidham because I know they like Jarrett Stidham, and I like Jarrett Stidham. I think there’s a lot of people that have affection for him. But, you’re talking about a team that has always, always, and this has been Belichick’s mantra forever, is always looking for ways to improve the team, not necessarily on draft day, but 365 days a year. Until they can get a medical, until they can get an understanding of where he is, I don’t think you can rule him out.

“Now that being said, and I have also said this, because of their cap situation, because of the restrictions of where they are cap-wise, that becomes another problem for them to even go down the Cam Newton street.”

Besides Stidham, the Patriots have Brian Hoyer and undrafted rookies J'Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke at the position.

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