The New England Patriots have reportedly reached an agreement with former National Football League MVP Cam Newton, according to multiple reports Sunday night.
The former Carolina Panthers quarterback will now step into the mix to compete for the opportunity to replace former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who left to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency; Adam Schefter first reported citing league sources.
Newton is signing a one-year deal with New England, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who also cites a league source and says the bare minimum deal with Newton has been quietly in the works. The incentive-laden deal is worth up to $7.5 million, source tells Rapoport.
While New England has yet to pronounce the deal, Patriots players and brothers Devin and Jason McCourty reacted to the reported news Sunday night, telling NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry that they are excited. Devin McCourty told Perry the addition of Newton will make the team’s quarterback situation “even better.”
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Newton will join 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer in the Patriots’ QB room.
Undrafted free agents J’Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke are projected to be in the mix, as well.
Newton, who was the No. 1 overall selection in 2011, played in only two matches last season due to shoulder and foot injuries. The 31-year-old spent nine seasons in Carolina, winning the NFL MVP award in 2015 when he led the Panthers to an appearance in Super Bowl 50. He was released by the Panthers following the 2019 campaign.
Caesars Sportsbook moved the Patriots from 25-1 to 20-1 to win the Super Bowl with the addition of Newton, and from 10-1 to 9-1 to win the AFC.
Newton was the NFL MVP in 2015, when he accounted for 45 total touchdowns in the regular season and led the Panthers to an appearance in the Super Bowl, a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos. The Panthers have been to the playoffs only once since then, a wild-card loss to the New Orleans Saints in 2017.
Newton, who holds most of Carolina’s career passing records, 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.
Overall, he has passed for 29,041 yards with 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions and has rushed for 4,806 yards and 58 touchdowns.
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