By Jack Ryan
Cam Newton has got the New England Patriots playing like contenders again.
But he’s only playing on a one-year contract.
New England will have competition for Newton next offseason, and plenty of NFL people believe Washington could be in the hunt for Newton.
Albert Breer of the MMQB and NBC Sports Boston said that when Washington head coach Ron Rivera benched Dwayne Haskins after Week 4 that the move “reverberates in Foxborough,” home of the Patriots team facility.
“That means Washington has no long-term answer at the [quarterback] position and a head coach in Ron Rivera and an offensive coordinator in Scott Turner who are very close with Cam,” Breer said.
Rivera took over as head coach of the Carolina Panthers in 2011, and his first-ever draft pick was Newton. That duo worked together for nine seasons, making the playoffs four times and getting all the way to the Super Bowl in 2015.