Rodney Harrison 'disappointed' Patriots weren't aggressive pursuing Cam Newton

Ryan Hannable
May 28, 2020 - 9:04 am
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Many have linked the Patriots to Cam Newton over the last month or so, but it seems there's nothing to it.

It appears the Patriots are sticking with second-year player Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer.

Appearing on The Rich Eisen Show recently, former Patriots safety and current NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison said he was "disappointed" New England didn't aggressively pursue Newton.

“…I thought it would be a great situation where he could have came in at a reduced salary,” he said. "He could have came in and really learned a lot about just technique and just the intricacies of being on a really great football team with great guidance as far as the head coach and offensive coordinator. I thought that would have been a really, really ideal situation for him. He could have came in, competed. Could have helped the young guy, young guy could have helped to push him. I thought it would have been a perfect situation. I’m just a little disappointed that the Patriots weren’t a little bit more aggressive just recruiting Cam.”

Harrison believes Newton would have been a good fit.

“…I don’t think Cam would have came in and been a problem,” he said. “Cam’s a good guy. Yeah, at times he acts a little immature and I’m sure he’s learned from that immaturity. … He’s a good person. Yeah, he made some mistakes with some interviews and the way he’s handed some situations, but he’s a good guy and he’s still a great football player.”

Newton was released by the Panthers after nine seasons and has yet to find a new team. Some of that could be due to COVID-19 and teams not being able to get a good look at him medically due to travel restrictions.

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