Peter King Names Patriots and Steelers as 'Logical' Suitors for Cam Newton and Jameis Winston

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By WEEI 93.7

Judging by the Patriots' salary cap predicament and their perceived confidence in Jarrett Stidham, it doesn't appear likely that free agent quarterbacks Cam Newton or Jameis Winston will find a home in New England.

But when appearing on the Dale & Keefe Show Friday, Sports Illustrated's Peter King identified the three teams that he believed both QBs should be targeting, and one of them is coached by Bill Belichick.

"It's logical to think ... Look, if I'm Cam Newton and I am Jameis Winston I would sign with only three teams as of right now, as of right now," King said. "Unless a mystery team like the Chargers, for instance, would say it will be an even competition with you and Tyrod Taylor and I don't think they would say that. So I wouldn't sign anywhere unless it was either Pittsburgh to work for one year behind (Ben) Roethlisberger and likely be the quarterback in 2021 or New England, and obviously, that would be a unique circumstance because Belichick is going to go by what he sees and play the best guy, and then Jacksonville.

"But those are the only three teams. And aside from that, what I would do if I were either one of them is I wouldn't sign anywhere. I would just wait until the season starts again because this is going to be such an odd offseason that somebody somewhere ... I would say there is a better chance that an incumbent quarterback is going to get hurt in the run-up to this season that normally there would be, however it could happen. So I wouldn't sign anywhere. Then if nobody gets hurt and nobody wants you, then you wait until the season starts and then you do that. To me, it's such an odd offseason where I would not rush into signing somewhere just so I could make five million bucks as a backup to Quarterback X somewhere else."

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