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Each day during the sports pause stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, NESN.com will publish a diary full of random thoughts, opinions, takeaways, and other cool tidbits we’ve stumbled across in the absence of actual games. Because why not? We’re all in this together.

Sunday night felt like any other normal Sunday night — beginning to wind down, planning out the week ahead and catching up on any news I may have missed throughout the day.

And then all of a sudden it wasn’t like any other normal Sunday night.

News broke that Cam Newton reportedly agreed to sign a one-year, “incentive-laden” deal with the New England Patriots. The news sent my Twitter timeline into a slew of mixed emotions — some loving the deal, others not so much and some weren’t sure how to feel.

Newton has played in just 16 games over his last two seasons due to injuries. But his recent videos on Instagram (and his new video he posted to his YouTube channel Monday), show he’s been putting in serious work and appears to be in incredibly good shape.

I, admittedly, was one of those people who was unsure of how to feel about the reported signing. But honestly, you can’t really go wrong with this deal.

It’s a low-risk, high-reward. A healthy (and mobile) Newton really could be a threat to teams’ defenses. And if he can pull a Kurt Warner, the Patriots may be in better shape with Newton as the starter than Jarrett Stidham.

It’s also “incentive-laden.” And, in my opinion, I feel that only will motivate Newton more. He’ll have to perform to reach those incentives. If he doesn’t, well then he won’t get whatever those incentives may be.

But more than that, Newton has a lot of experience. He has postseason and Super Bowl experience (yes, he didn’t dive for the ball in Super Bowl 50, let’s move on), something Stidham doesn’t…as a starter, anyway.

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It’s obvious Newton is working hard and doing all he can to make sure he’s in game shape and prepared to be the best he can be for his new team. Plus, it might be beneficial to have Josh McDaniels on his side and Twitter seems to agree.

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Source:: NESN.com – MLB


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NESN Diary: Unpacking Cam Newton’s Reported Deal With Patriots (And Other Random Thoughts)

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