Former NFL MVP Cam Newton and the New England Patriots have reached an agreement to a one-year deal. Cam Newton will fill the quarterback vacancy left by Tom Brady, who left to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. The Patriots did not select a quarterback in April’s draft.
The agreement with Newton was appealing to the Patriots .They see it as a low-risk, high-reward situation, factoring in Newton’s health.
Sunday night, Newton posted, “I’m excited as I don’t know what right now!” Newton was released by The Carolina Panthers in March after a nine year relationship.
Newton continues to rehab from foot surgery. Newton, who turned 31 in May, passed the physical and is healthy, with both his shoulder and foot.
In New England, where head coach Bill Belichick often says that players determine their roles based on performance, Newton will have outperformed Stidham and Hoyer, who had been leading on-field workouts this offseason.
Newton, NFL MVP in 2015, played hard to reach 45 total touchdowns in the regular season and led the Carolina Panthers to an appearance in the Super Bowl, which ended up to be a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos. The Panthers have been to the playoffs only once since then, a wildcard loss to the New Orleans Saints in 2017.
Newton missed 14 games last season with a Lisfranc injury and the final two games of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury that also required surgery.
As a Carolina Panther, Newton has passed for 29,041 yards with 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions and has rushed for 4,806 yards and 58 touchdowns.
Newton won the 2010 Heisman Trophy playing for Auburn and was drafted as a number one overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.