Adam Schefter clarifies what he said about Cam Newton Sunday was not a report, just discussion


On Sunday's ESPN NFL Countdown, Adam Schefter discussed Cam Newton and his future with the Patriots.

“Cam Newton sounded resigned this week to the fact that he’ll be moving on from New England,” Schefter said. “It looks like he’s looking for something different, the Patriots are looking for something different.

“Both sides enjoyed their relationship, but both sides expect that it will take them to a different place and a different direction in 2021 with Cam Newton likely moving on and the Patriots in search of a new quarterback for next season. We’ll see what direction they decide to go.”

Many outlets, including here and ESPN themselves, aggregated what was said considering how it was phrased.

Then, during his postgame press conference Bill Belichick was asked if there's an understanding between he and Newton that the two would be going in different directions this offseason?

"I don’t think that’s what Adam said. You should talk to Adam about that then," Belichick responded.

This then prompted ESPN's Mike Reiss to relay a message via Schefter, his colleague, to both Belichick and the media that what was said earlier in the day was not a report and was simply part of a discussion.

Here's the exchange with Belichick.

Reporter: There was a report on ESPN today that there’s an understanding between you and Cam Newton that you’ll be going in different directions this offseason. Is there an understanding that this was Cam’s final game?

Belichick: Is that another one of your anonymous reports?

Reporter: That was from Adam Schefter this morning.

Belichick: I don’t think that’s what Adam said. You should talk to Adam about that then.

It's certainly a strange situation, but in the end it feels like Schefter could have done a better job choosing his words so what he said was not taken like it was.