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New England Patriots links 3/12/21 - Cam’s ba-ack! Buckle up for wild, roster-building roller coaster

Daily news and links for Friday

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  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots are bringing back QB Cam Newton on a one-year deal, sources confirmed to ESPN.
  • Evan Lazar reminds us that the Patriots aren’t done adding at Quarterback after re-signing Cam Newton.
  • Andrew Callahan thinks Cam Newton’s return indicates the front office believes his lackluster weapons factored heavily into his struggles last season.
  • Matt Dolloff says the Cam Newton deal is filled with incentives, only gets to $14 million if ‘everything goes perfectly.’
  • Ryan Hannable analyzes what the Patriots bringing back Cam Newton means for the team at QB. “It makes sense given the options include Jacoby Brissett, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alex Smith and Mitchell Trubisky.”
  • Andy Hart explains why he is still on the “In Belichick we trust” bandwagon.
  • Alex Barth wonders if free agency will equal reunion season for the Patriots.
  • Andrew Callahan profiles 10 perfect free agency targets for the Pats.
  • Karen Guregian thinks the Patriots should re-sign these five in-house free agents.
  • Mike Masala (PatriotsWire) Patriots free agency targets: Here are the 5 best options at DT.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Here are the Patriots’ 2021 NFL draft picks.
  • Phil Perry suggests what the Pats could realistically expect in a N’Keal Harry trade.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Ty Law fiercely defends Cam Newton for lackluster 2020 performance.
  • Logan Mullen sees the Cam Newton re-signing with the Patriots drawing mixed reviews on social media.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Patriots Mailbag: Recent Pats first-round picks face uncertain futures.
  • Mike Reiss says Bill Belichick showed his sense of humor for a good cause, allowing special-teamer Brandon King to give him a haircut to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital’s “Saving by Shaving” initiative.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Watch Brandon King give Bill Belichick a haircut for charity.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Julian Edelman pens thoughtful letter to educate Meyers Leonard after anti-Semitic slur.
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom E. Curran talks with QB consultant Jordan Palmer on why Jarrett Stidham’s transition from college to the NFL was so difficult, and his potential for the 2021 season. (30 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Miguel Benzan discuss the financial impact of the trade for Trent Brown, compensatory draft picks, and more. Finally, Miguel builds a logical and frugal Pats roster for 2021 (48 min.)