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Chargers Daily Links: There goes the remaining chances of Cam Newton to the Bolts

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On Sunday afternoon, news broke that former NFL MVP Cam Newton signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots on a minimum deal that’ll be worth up to $7.5 million.

In an unusual offseason that seems like it is never going to end, Cam Newton being a free agent gave football fans a storyline to follow which helped keep things interesting while players haven’t been able to get on the field with each other, nor even meet as a team in person.

The past few months were especially intriguing for Chargers fans as a host of media members consistently noted this team as an ideal landing spot for Newton as a mobile quarterback who could slide right into the offense that Anthony Lynn plans on running in 2020.

But now that Newton is a Patriot, that small, small chance of him potentially ending up in Los Angeles is officially gone. All the fever dreams can now be put to bed knowing that Newton won’t be wearing the bolt in 2020 and this fan base can further entrench themselves behind the duo of Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert. Of course, Charges fans will see Newton in LA on Dec. 6 when the Chargers host the Patriots at SoFi Stadium.

Now for today’s links.

Chargers News:

Chris Hayre is joined by The Athletic’s Daniel Popper to discuss storylines and players to watch during training camp (Chargers.com)

Kenneth Murray receives a letter from his parents, Kenneth Sr. and Diane (Chargers.com)

Gavino Borquez highlights the two traits QB Justin Herbert needs to work on the most this year (Chargers Wire)

Jason Reed previews the 2020 matchup against the Buffalo Bills (Bolt Beat)

NFL News:

Bill Barnwell grades the signing of QB Cam Newton by the Patriots (ESPN)

NFL players react to the Patriots signing QB Cam Newton (ESPN)

Tyler Conway highlights CB Richard Sherman’s reaction to QB Cam Newton’s deal with New England (Bleacher Report)

Brent Sobleski lists a “surprise starter” for each of the 32 NFL clubs (Bleacher Report)

Darin Gantt reports on the Patriots’ punishment for filming a Bengals-Browns game in December (Pro Football Talk)

Jason La Canfora makes six pre-training camp predictions (CBS Sports)