Cam Newton gives emphatic answer when asked if he’d return to Patriots

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New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton wants to stay where he is. He wants to return to New England in 2021.

He was asked if he’d go back to the Patriots during an appearance on the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast.

“Yes,” Newton said. “Hell yes.”

Newton, whose one-year contract with the Patriots is set to expire in March, had nothing but good things to say about coach Bill Belichick.

“I think Bill Belichick is the most misunderstood person in all of sports,” Newton said. “He’s dope as shit. He is a cool dude.”

Newton was asked if there’s a chance he’ll be back with the Patriots.

“There’s always a chance for anything,” he said.

He would not say, however, whether he and New England are still in touch about a potential extension. Newton felt like a second year with the Patriots would be different — and it would need to be. New England was 7-9 in his first season as a starter. In 15 games, he managed a 65.8 completion percentage for 2,657 yards, eight passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He added 12 rushing touchdowns.

“They know me. Dough Boy (N’Keal Harry) knows me. Jakobi (Meyers) knows me,” Newton said. “Bud (Damiere Byrd) knows me. The young tight ends — the younger guys that are going to come in. ‘This is how Cam is going to react.’ Like we’re still trying to flesh out the 20 years of how it used to be and I’m going in and I’m not saying, ‘Well that’s not me.'”

The Patriots are doing their best to explore every avenue of bettering their quarterback position this offseason, per The Athletic. But to this point, their only quarterback on the roster is Jarrett Stidham.