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Will Cam Newton return to the Patriots in 2021? ‘I know where my heart’s at’

Cam Newton gestures to the stands while leaving the field after the Patriots' win.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

After the Patriots beat the Jets Sunday to finish the regular season 7-9, quarterback Cam Newton was asked if he thinks he’ll return for 2021.

Newton signed with New England on a one-year deal. He’s an unrestricted free agent, meaning he can sign with any team when his contract expires.

After last week’s blowout loss to the Bills, Newton said he doesn’t “care about no contract” with the Patriots or otherwise, and said he was only interested in winning games.

Now that he ended the 2020 season on a positive note, where does he stand?

“Listen, I have my desires,” he chuckled. “I know where my heart’s at. I know the things, who I am. But as far as that, I can’t really speak on it right now. But just my whole time here in New England has been a blessing. I’ve learned so much about myself, about great teammates, unbelievable coaching. Yeah, so I just see how it goes, go from there.”


Newton has made clear he doesn’t plan to retire after this season. He turns 32 in May.

“I’m not there,” he said recently during an interview on WEEI. “I still have a lot of football left, and I still want to play football and I have the urge to be better.”

On Thursday, before his final media availability ahead of the season finale, Newton reiterated that he isn’t trying to predict the future.

“I’m not trying to foreshadow nothing at this particular point in time,” he said. “I have work here that’s still not finished.”

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