QB Cam Newton Agrees to 1-Year Deal with Patriots

Cam Newton. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Veteran quarterback Cam Newton will have a team in the 2020 NFL season after all. According to multiple reports around the league, Newton agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport reports that Newton’s contract with New England could be worth up to $7.5 million. However, his salary is expected to be mostly based on incentives.

Newton, who was the most prominent name left on the free-agent market, is expected to be in the mix for the position of Pats’ starting QB in Week 1. His competition includes second-year player Jarrett Stidham and veteran signal-caller, Brian Hoyer.

Cam Newton spent his entire career with Carolina Panthers, serving as the face of the franchise since being selected No.1 in 2011. During his time in Carolina, he led the Panthers to four postseason appearances and the first Super Bowl in the organization’s history.

However, in the past couple of seasons, Newton struggled with injuries and was limited to just two games in 2019 due to Lisfranc fracture. The health issues, and occasional inconsistency, eventually cost him his job as Panthers released him back in March, deciding to start fresh on the QB position as part of the major organizational overhaul.

During his nine seasons in the NFL, Newton established himself as the game’s best dual-threat quarterback. He has 29,041 career passing yards and 182 passing touchdowns alongside 4,806 rushing yards and 58 rushing TDS. His career achievements include three Pro Bowl appearances and NFL MVP award from 2015.