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NFL Rumors: Nick Caserio among Josh McDaniels' three preferred Browns GMs

NFL Rumors: Nick Caserio among Josh McDaniels' three preferred Browns GMs

Josh McDaniels taking the Cleveland Browns' head coach job would have a major ripple effect in New England — especially if he decides to take one of the Patriots' top executives with him.

McDaniels, who reportedly will interview for the Browns job Monday, would "likely recommend" Cleveland hire Nick Caserio, Scott Pioli or Dave Ziegler as its next general manager, Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot reported Sunday.

The Browns parted ways with GM John Dorsey last week, meaning their next head coach may have a say in who Cleveland hires to replace him. McDaniels' expected recommendations are no surprise, as all three have worked with the Patriots offensive coordinator.

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Caserio has served as the Patriots' director of player personnel since 2008 and been with New England for 17 of the last 20 years. His contract expired after the 2019 season, and this may be the offseason he finally leaves the Patriots, especially if the Browns' GM job is on the table.

Pioli and Ziegler are intriguing candidates, though. Pioli was New England's top personnel man prior to Caserio taking over in 2008, while Ziegler's first NFL job was on McDaniels' Denver Broncos staff in 2010 before he came to New England and was elevated to director of pro personnel in 2016.

Caserio, McDaniels and Ziegler also all attended John Carroll University in Ohio, McDaniels' home state.

Cabot also reported McDaniels would "have a hard time" turning down his hometown Browns.

The 43-year-old has head coach interviews scheduled with the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants, however, and is "very intrigued" by the Panthers opening, Cabot reported Sunday.

The Panthers and Giants already have GMs in place, so if McDaniels does take a head coach job, the Patriots may hope it's not with the Browns, who may poach Caserio at McDaniels' suggestion.

This list of QBs with more guaranteed money than Cam Newton in 2020 is crazy

This list of QBs with more guaranteed money than Cam Newton in 2020 is crazy

The New England Patriots didn't have to make a huge financial commitment to add Cam Newton to their roster for the 2020 NFL season.

Newton and the Patriots reportedly have agreed to a one-year contract that could be worth up to $7.5 million. The veteran quarterback's contract has a $1.05 million base salary and up to $6.45 million in incentives, per reports. 

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One of the most interesting parts of Newton's contract is his $550,000 in guaranteed money, which isn't a lot, to say the least. In fact, the list of quarterbacks with more guaranteed money in their contract for next season is pretty crazy.

Bleacher Report tweeted the following list Thursday:

There's a good chance none of the quarterbacks listed above will be their team's starter in Week 1. Almost all of them will be backups throughout 2020.

Perhaps the most intriguing name on the list is Jarrett Stidham, who was the favorite to replace Tom Brady as the Patriots' starting quarterback before Newton's arrival. Stidham still has a chance to win the starter job, but if Newton is healthy, it's hard to imagine the 31-year-old veteran losing that competition. 

Either way, the Patriots have not taken much of a risk by acquiring Newton. If he's healthy and plays well, his contract will be among the best values in the league. If it doesn't work out, the Patriots didn't sacrifice a lot of salary cap space to take the chance. It's the classic low-risk, high-reward scenario.

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One of Cam Newton's ex-Panthers teammates says Patriots QB 'still has it'

One of Cam Newton's ex-Panthers teammates says Patriots QB 'still has it'

One of Cam Newton's former teammates on the Carolina Panthers thinks the veteran quarterback is still capable of great things as he enters a new chapter of his career with the New England Patriots.

Newton reportedly has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Patriots worth up to $7.5 million. He was released by the Panthers in March after spending the first nine seasons of his career in Carolina.

"Man, I was happy for Cam," Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson recently told NFL Network's Colleen Wolfe. "I hated that it took so long for him to get signed. He's an MVP quarterback. Cam still has it. I'm happy for him. I'm glad the Patriots invested in him, and I can't wait to see Cam Newton come out there and play."

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Thompson and Newton were teammates for five seasons, including Thompson's rookie campaign in 2015 when Newton won league MVP and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

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Thompson is not the only former or current player predicting success for Newton in New England. Ex-Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch thinks Newton will "erupt" and have a "crazy season" as a player motivated to prove his doubters wrong. Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss said the Patriots offense will be a lot of fun to watch with Newton at the helm.

There are reasons to believe Newton will thrive with the Patriots. Just two years ago he completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards and 24 touchdowns. He played at an MVP level for the first eight games of 2018 before a shoulder injury derailed his season.

Health is always going to be the main concern with Newton, especially after he missed 14 games in 2019 due to injuries. But if healthy, the Patriots should be getting a top 12 quarterback who gives the offense a dual-threat skill set we have rarely seen in New England.