Savvy Patriots may have way to regain lost draft pick

Savvy Patriots may have way to regain lost draft pick

The team's ability to extend their winning ways beyond those of other National Football League franchises has always come down to Bill Belichick's system and finding good value signings that will not negatively impact the compensatory pick formula.

Some went as far as to wonder if the Patriots were tanking, but the Newton signing now gives the team a potential game-changing talent at an enormous discount. Teams forked over more money for lesser quarterbacks, making Newton's deal seem like an even bigger steal.

New England's improved odds still put them behind the Chiefs (5-1) and Baltimore Ravens (6-1) at the Action Network.

The New England Patriots finally received a punishment for the videotaping incident that happened last season. Newton's contract with the Patriots is much more modest, with a maximum value of about $7.5 million if he reaches all incentives.

In 125 career games (124 starts), Newton has thrown for 29,041 yards with 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions while compiling a 68-55-1 record.

That dual threat ability, paired with a rocket arm, makes Newton a headache to scheme for in the red zone.

Is the addition of Newton enough for the Patriots to stay on top of the division in 2020?

Of course, New England might not let that happen and could franchise tag Newton or try to sign him long-term, but that compensatory pick would be insurance.

It's been a tough offseason for Newton, as he balanced searching for a new team, recovering from his recent foot injury and, of course, being isolated and quarantined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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