Cam Newton and the New England Patriots have reached a deal on a one-year, incentive-laden deal. Former Patriots Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Patriots looked like they were going to roll with second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham. With Newton signing, it looks like Newton and Stidham will battle for the starting job.
Cam Newton was released by the Panthers earlier this year after nine seasons. Last season, Newton only made two starts due to shoulder and foot injuries. Carolina decided to move on from Newton and sign Teddy Bridgewater to be their starter going forward.
In Newton’s last full season with the Panthers in 2018, he passed for 3,396 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. Also, he rushed for 488 yards and four touchdowns. In 2015, Newton led the Panthers 15-1 record and to the Super Bowl. But they lost to the Denver Broncos. Newton was also the MVP in that season, passing for 3,837 yards, 35 touchdowns while rushing for 636 and 10 touchdowns.
Since the Super Bowl season, Newton and the Panthers have been up and down. With the Patriots, Newton will get a fresh start, and it will be an interesting fit. If healthy, Newton will add a new dimension to the Patriots running attack, and his ability to make plays out of the pocket will be crucial as well.