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Could Washington force Pats' hand on Newton decision in 2021?

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Will Cam Newton's marriage with the New England Patriots last more than a year?

That's what the Patriots must decide this offseason, as Newton is eligible for free agency in March after his one-year deal with New England expires.

Their decision is a little more complicated than that, though -- because other teams will be interested in Newton's services, as well.

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The MMQB's Albert Breer joined NBC Sports Boston's "Patriots Pregame Live" on Sunday to identify one team in particular that would be a great fit for Newton in 2021.

"Washington has no long-term answer at the position right now, and they've got a head coach in Ron Rivera and an offensive coordinator in Scott Turner who are very close with Cam," Breer noted, as seen in the video player above.

The Washington Football Team is currently rolling with Kyle Allen and the recently-recovered Alex Smith at quarterback after benching Dwayne Haskins, its supposed quarterback of the future.

Considering Rivera and Turner both worked with Newton in Carolina, it seems obvious for Washington to pursue the three-time Pro Bowler in free agency.

As Breer pointed out, that may force the Patriots to consider placing the franchise tag on Newton before he becomes a free agent to ensure he sticks around.

"I think the presence now of Washington being out there ... that puts the Patriots in a corner where, if you don't sign him to a long-term deal before the middle of March, you almost have to tag him," Breer said.

 

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Tagging Newton could cost the Patriots roughly $25 million, an exponential leap from the $1.05 million he's earning this season. The 31-year-old has proven his worth through four games, though, and unless he and the Patriots can work out a long-term deal, that's what New England may have to do to avoid Newton leaving for greener pastures.

Check out Breer's full comments on Newton in the video above.