We can all thank the New England Patriots for ending the speculation that Ron Rivera would sign Cam Newton during free agency. They also ended it last year, but with Dwayne Haskins and Alex Smith both gone, it was starting to boil to the surface.
Most local reporters have been saying that this was very unlikely to happen, and if Rivera did want Newton in Washington, he could have brought him in, and got him on a cheap contract. Rivera instead opted to trade a 5th round pick for Kyle Allen to back up Haskins.
There was speculation that Rivera didn't want to bring Cam in because Haskins was the owner's pick, and he needed him to sink or swim for a year before bringing in his guy. There were reports that this wasn't the case, and the team's stance on Newton was unchanged this year.
Washington is still looking to add another QB to the roster. They made several inquiries on the three that were already traded, and some that are still waiting to either be released or dealt. Washington tendered Kyle Allen, and re-signed Taylor Heinicke to a 2-year deal. Rivera said they were not desperate, but they're definitely out there looking.
BREAKING: The #Patriots are re-signing QB Cam Newton to a one-year deal, according to a league source. https://t.co/cEqlg8zSXb— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) March 12, 2021
Comp update: Patriots are finalizing a 1-year deal worth close to $14 million for Cam Newton to return to New England, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2021